What does the name Wood mean?
The origin of the Wood surname is mostly geographic. It's a British name (26th most popular in England and Wales, 53rd most popular in Scotland) found as early as the 1200s, common throughout the English-speaking world (78th most prevalent in the United States) and is most often used to describe someone who lived or worked in some form of wood or forest. More rarely, the surname Wood can be an anglicisation of the German Wald, or derive from the nickname for someone 'wild', from the Old English 'wod'.
The earliest occurrence of the Wood surname in our family history documents is from 1400, and we currently have 4,279,361 records where Wood appears.
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Typical jobs for Woods
Hard-working people, the Woods. 4579 worked in domestic service, according to the 1901 Census.
Where most Woods lived
In the 1900s, you’d probably bump into a Wood in Yorkshire.
Woods’ criminal history
How do we put this... Not all Woods were angels, apparently. We found 5400 in criminal records.
Woods in World War I
According to the World War I records, 7282 Woods served in the First World War.