Wanless Family History

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Wanless Name Meaning

English: nickname from Middle English wanles ‘hopeless’, ‘luckless’. In the British Isles the surname is found chiefly in Northumberland and Durham.

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

Similar surnames: Manley, Harless, Lawless, Gales, Sales, Wanlass, Hurless, Eales

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Wanless Family Origin

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Wanless Family Occupations

What did your Wanless ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Wanless family was Joiner. The most common Wanless occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 17% of Wanless's were Coal Miners. Coal Miner, Coalminer and Engine Fitter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Wanless.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Coalminer

  • Engine Fitter

  • Joiner


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

Wanless Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Wanless. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wanless 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Wanless. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Wanless. For the veterans among your Wanless ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Wanless Life Expectancy

What is the average Wanless lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Wanless life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1952. The average life expectancy for Wanless in 1952 was 100, and 81 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Wanless

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Wanless 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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