Harwood Family History

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Harwood Name Meaning

English and Scottish: habitational name from any of various places, for example in the Scottish Borders and in Cheshire, Lancashire, Lothian, Northumberland, and North and West Yorkshire, called Harwood or Harewood from Old English har ‘gray’ or hara ‘hare’ + wudu ‘wood’. This name has also become established in Ireland.

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

Similar surnames: Haywood, Horwood, Hagwood, Garwood, Yarwood, Cawood, Norwood, Henwood

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Harwood Family Origin

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Harwood Family Occupations

What did your Harwood ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Cotton Weaver were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Harwood. The most common Harwood occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 4% of Harwood's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Harwood family was Farmer.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Cotton Weaver

  • Farmer


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

Harwood Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 219,000 census records available for the last name Harwood. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Harwood 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 19,000 immigration records available for the last name Harwood. 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 23,000 military records available for the last name Harwood. For the veterans among your Harwood ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Harwood Life Expectancy

What is the average Harwood lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Harwood life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Harwood in 1944 was 62, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Harwood

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Harwood 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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