Twist Family History

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Twist Name Meaning

probably a variant of Twiss, or possibly in a few cases from Twist, a minor place in Devon, or Twist Wood in Brede, Sussex, both named from Old English twist, Middle English twist ‘something twisted or forked’. possibly a metonymic occupational name for someone in the cotton-spinning industry, whose responsibility was to combine threads into a strong cord, a sense of twist recorded from the 16th century.

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

Similar surnames: Twiss, Trust, Grist, Wist, Wise, Twine, Test, Geist, Wish, Witt

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Twist Family Origin

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Twist Family Occupations

What did your Twist 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 Twist. 2% of Twist men worked as a General Labourer and 52% of Twist women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Twist were Colliery Hewer and Unpaid Domestic Dutie

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Bricklayer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Colliery Hewer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Domestic Servant
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Unpaid Domestic Dutie

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

Twist Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 29,000 census records available for the last name Twist. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Twist 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Twist. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Twist. For the veterans among your Twist ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Twist Life Expectancy

What is the average Twist lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Twist life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1966. The average life expectancy for Twist in 1944 was 30, and 76 in 2004.

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