Wood Family History

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Wood Name Meaning

mainly a topographic name for someone who lived in or by a wood or a metonymic occupational name for a woodcutter or forester, from Middle English wode ‘wood’ (Old English wudu). nickname for a mad, eccentric, or violent person, from Middle English wod ‘mad’, ‘frenzied’ (Old English wad), as in Adam le Wode, Worcestershire 1221.

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

Similar surnames: Wool, Wold, Good, Hood, Woods, Root, Gold, Hoad, Woody, Look

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Wood Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Wood name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Wood. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Wood Family Origin

Where is the Wood family from?

Wood Family Occupations

What did your Wood ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Wood occupation in the UK was Farmer. 4% of Wood's were Farmers. Farmer, Coal Miner and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Wood. A less common occupation for the Wood family was Agricultural Labourer .

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  • Farmer

  • Coal Miner

  • Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer


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

Wood Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3 million census records available for the last name Wood. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wood 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 286,000 immigration records available for the last name Wood. 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 440,000 military records available for the last name Wood. For the veterans among your Wood ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Wood Life Expectancy

What is the average Wood lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Wood life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Wood in 1940 was 33, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Wood 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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