Heywood Family History

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Heywood Name Meaning

English (chiefly Lancashire): habitational name from a place near Manchester, so named from Old English heah ‘high’ + wudu ‘wood’. There is also a place in Wiltshire so called, from Old English (ge)hæg ‘enclosure’ + wudu. Compare Haywood, although this is probably not the source of the surname.

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

Similar surnames: Haywood, Henwood, Hopwood, Hagwood, Elwood, Redwood, Sherwood

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Heywood Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Heywood name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Heywood. 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


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Heywood Family Origin

Where is the Heywood family from?

Heywood Family Occupations

What did your Heywood ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Heywood occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 4% of Heywood's were Coal Miners. Coal Miner, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Heywood. A less common occupation for the Heywood family was Carter.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Carter


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

Heywood Historical Records

What Heywood family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 97,000 census records available for the last name Heywood. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Heywood 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 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Heywood. 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 9,000 military records available for the last name Heywood. For the veterans among your Heywood ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Heywood Life Expectancy

What is the average Heywood lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Heywood life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Heywood in 1947 was 36, and 79 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Heywood

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Heywood 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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