Greenwood Family History

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Greenwood Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived in a dense forest, from Middle English grene ‘green’ + wode ‘wood’, or a habitational name from a minor place so named, as for example Greenwood in Heathfield, East Sussex. English translation of Ashkenazic Jewish Grünholz, an ornamental compound of German grün ‘green’ + Holz ‘wood’, and probably of German Grünwald (see Gruenwald). English translation of French Boisvert.

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

Similar surnames: Green, Greenwell, Prestwood, Greenland, Greenway, Underwood

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Greenwood Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Greenwood name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Greenwood. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • Norway


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Greenwood Family Origin

Where is the Greenwood family from?

Greenwood Family Occupations

What did your Greenwood ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Cotton Weaver, Farmer and Coal Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Greenwood. The most common Greenwood occupation in the UK was Cotton Weaver. 5% of Greenwood's were Cotton Weavers. A less common occupation for the Greenwood family was Worsted Weaver.

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  • Cotton Weaver

  • Farmer

  • Coal Miner

  • Worsted Weaver


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Greenwood ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Greenwood Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 632,000 census records available for the last name Greenwood. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Greenwood 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 44,000 immigration records available for the last name Greenwood. 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 42,000 military records available for the last name Greenwood. For the veterans among your Greenwood ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Greenwood Life Expectancy

What is the average Greenwood lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Greenwood life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Greenwood in 1940 was 39, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Greenwood 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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