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Wool Family History

Wool Surname Meaning

English (London):: metonymic occupational name for a worker in wool or a wool dealer from Middle English woll wull ‘wool’ (Old English wull). from a specifically southwestern development of Middle English well(e) ‘spring stream’ from Old English well(a) giving wull(e) woll(e). The surname may be topographic for someone who lived at or near a spring or stream or habitational for someone from Wool (Dorset).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Wood, Pool, Wall, Doll, Good, Worl, Wohl, Look, Boot, Hoo

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Where is the Wool family from?

You can see how Wool families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wool family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wool families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 54 Wool families living in London. This was about 37% of all the recorded Wool's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Wool families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Wool surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Wool ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Land Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Wool. 34% of Wool men worked as a Land Labourer and 89% of Wool women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wool were Farmer and Unpaid Domestic. .

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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

  • Land Labourer
    34%
  • Agricultural Labourer Heavy Worker
    17%
  • Farm Labourer
    17%
  • Farmer
    17%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    89%
  • Barmaid
    4%
  • Housewife
    4%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    4%
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Census Records

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Wool. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wool 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Wool. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Wool. For the veterans among your Wool ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wool lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Wool life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Wool in 1956 was 47, and 80 in 2004.

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