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Hood Name Meaning

English and Scottish: metonymic occupational name for a maker of hoods or a nickname for someone who wore a distinctive hood, from Middle English hod(de), hood, hud ‘hood’. Some early examples with prepositions seem to be topographic names, referring to a place where there was a hood-shaped hill or a natural shelter or overhang, providing protection from the elements. In some cases the name may be habitational, from places called Hood, in Devon (possibly ‘hood-shaped hill’) and North Yorkshire (possibly ‘shelter’ or ‘fortification’). Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hUid ‘descendant of Ud’, a personal name of uncertain derivation. This was the name of an Ulster family who were bards to the O’Neills of Clandeboy. It was later altered to Mac hUid. Compare Mahood.

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

Similar surnames: Hook, Hoop, Hoad, Wood, Hoo, Good, Hard, Hoos, Hoof, Hand

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Where is the Hood family from?

You can see how Hood families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hood family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hood families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 947 Hood families living in London. This was about 14% of all the recorded Hood's in the UK. London had the highest population of Hood families in 1891.
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What did your Hood ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Hood. 10% of Hood men worked as a General Labourer and 68% of Hood women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hood were Incapacitated and Private Means.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Bricklayer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Incapacitated

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Private Means
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Passenger Lists

There are 36,000 immigration records available for the last name Hood. 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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There are 64,000 military records available for the last name Hood. For the veterans among your Hood ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hood lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Hood life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Hood in 1940 was 65, and 75 in 2004.

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