What does the name Wood mean?
The meaning of the surname Wood is either one who lives near a wood or an occupational name for someone who worked as a woodsman. It dates back to before the 7th century in both England and Scotland. The first known written example of the surname was in Herefordshire in the year 1242. Celebrities with the surname Wood include the Proms conductor Sir Henry Wood, American actress Natalie Wood, and member of The Rolling Stones Ronnie Wood.
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.