Hood Name Meaning

English and Scottish: metonymic occupational name for a maker of hoods or a nickname for someone who wore a distinctive hood, from Middle English hod(de), hood, hud ‘hood’. Some early examples with prepositions seem to be topographic names, referring to a place where there was a hood-shaped hill or a natural shelter or overhang, providing protection from the elements. In some cases the name may be habitational, from places called Hood, in Devon (possibly ‘hood-shaped hill’) and North Yorkshire (possibly ‘shelter’ or ‘fortification’). Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hUid ‘descendant of Ud’, a personal name of uncertain derivation. This was the name of an Ulster family who were bards to the O’Neills of Clandeboy. It was later altered to Mac hUid. Compare Mahood.

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


Similar surnames: Hook, Hoop, Hoad, Wood, Hoo, Good, Hard, Hoos, Hoof, Hand

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Hood Family Origin

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Hood Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    35%
  • Labourer

    4%
  • School

    4%
  • Carpenter

    3%

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Hood family was Carpenter. The most common Hood occupation in Canada was Farmer. 35% of Hood's were Farmers. Farmer, Labourer and School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hood.

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Between 1940 and 2004, Hood life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Hood in 1940 was 65, and 75 in 2004.

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