Elwood Family History

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Elwood Name Meaning

habitational name from a place in Gloucestershire, which is probably named from Old English ellern ‘elder tree’ + wudu ‘wood’. from the Old English personal name Ælfweald, composed of the elements ælf ‘elf’ + weald ‘rule’. In the British Isles this spelling is now found predominantly in northern Ireland.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Heywood, Elford, Henwood, Redwood, Elton, Wood, Yarwood, Cawood

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Elwood Family Origin

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Elwood Family Occupations

What did your Elwood ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Elwood occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 5% of Elwood's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Elwood family was Farmer. Agricultural Labourer, Carpenter and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Elwood.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Carpenter

  • Labourer

  • Farmer


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Elwood Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 48,000 census records available for the last name Elwood. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Elwood census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Elwood. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Elwood. For the veterans among your Elwood ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Elwood Life Expectancy

What is the average Elwood lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Elwood life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Elwood in 1944 was 27, and 79 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Elwood ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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