Wills Family History

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Wills Name Meaning

English: patronymic from Will. German: patronymic from any of the Germanic personal names beginning with wil ‘will’, ‘desire’.

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

Similar surnames: Will, Wille, Willis, Willy, Wilks, Wilms, Willms, Wilds, Wilkes

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Wills Family Origin

Where is the Wills family from?

Wills Family Occupations

What did your Wills ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Wills. A less common occupation for the Wills family was Farm Labourer. The most common Wills occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 4% of Wills's were Agricultural Labourers.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Farm Labourer


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

Wills Historical Records

What Wills family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 356,000 census records available for the last name Wills. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wills 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 33,000 immigration records available for the last name Wills. 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 42,000 military records available for the last name Wills. For the veterans among your Wills ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Wills Life Expectancy

What is the average Wills lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Wills life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Wills in 1941 was 29, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Wills

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Wills 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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