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Sherwood Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in Nottinghamshire, around which once stood the famous Sherwood Forest. The place is so called from Old English scir ‘shire’ or scir ‘bright’ + wudu ‘wood’. Americanized form of some Jewish name.

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


Similar surnames: Heywood, Harwood, Isherwood, Haywood, Henwood, Garwood, Horwood

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Where is the Sherwood family from?

You can see how Sherwood families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sherwood family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sherwood families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 725 Sherwood families living in Yorkshire. This was about 17% of all the recorded Sherwood's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of Sherwood families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Sherwood surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Sherwood ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Sherwood. 10% of Sherwood men worked as a General Labourer and 70% of Sherwood women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sherwood were Farmer and Incapacitated. .

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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
    10%
  • Builders Labourer
    5%
  • Gardener
    4%
  • Farmer
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    70%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    2%
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Census Records

There are 236,000 census records available for the last name Sherwood. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sherwood census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 21,000 immigration records available for the last name Sherwood. 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 Cards

There are 32,000 military records available for the last name Sherwood. For the veterans among your Sherwood ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sherwood lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Sherwood life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Sherwood in 1943 was 31, and 74 in 2004.

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