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The WOOD surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 247,299 75 0.092 917
United States (1880 census) 80,811 39 0.162 1,616
Change since 1880 +166488 -36 -0.07 -699
Other Countries
Australia 18,248 49 0.112 1,116
United Kingdom 105,866 22 0.231 2,305

'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Classification and Origin of WOOD

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Location or Geographical Feature

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the WOOD surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the WOOD surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of WOOD in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Caucasian) 222,717 90.06
Black/African American 13,873 5.61
Mixed Race 3,462 1.4
White (Hispanic) 3,957 1.6
Native American/Alaskan 2,028 0.82
Asian/Pacific 1,261 0.51

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the WOOD surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of WOOD in historical publications

A surname very ancient in Scotland, first called De Bosco. The family bore trees in their coat of arms.

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

g? WOOD. An initial and final syllable in numerous local surnames, as — Woodall, Woodness, Woodwell, Woodmeston, Woodnutt,Woodburn,Woodcroft, Holmwood, Garwood, Bur wood, Hen wood, Grimwood, Lywood, Selwood. It is, of course, the A-Sax. wuchi, sylva, nemus. WOOD. From residence near one. It is often pluralized to Woods ; and Attwood and Bywood are other forms of the same name. Its commonest medieval spelling is Atte-Wode, afterwards softened to A'Wood. Almost every considerable wood surnaraed a family, and hence the commonness of the appellation, amounting in the Lond. Direct, in its various forms to more than 300 traders. This surname is found so early as Domesday in the form of De Silva. Sufiblk. The forms De la Wode, In le Wode, and Ate Wode, are found in H.R.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to WOOD

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as WOOD.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for WOOD

The following words are slight variants of WOOD that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.