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Twist Name Meaning

probably a variant of Twiss, or possibly in a few cases from Twist, a minor place in Devon, or Twist Wood in Brede, Sussex, both named from Old English twist, Middle English twist ‘something twisted or forked’. possibly a metonymic occupational name for someone in the cotton-spinning industry, whose responsibility was to combine threads into a strong cord, a sense of twist recorded from the 16th century.

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


Similar surnames: Twiss, Trust, Grist, Wist, Wise, Twine, Test, Geist, Wish, Witt

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You can see how Twist families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Twist family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Twist families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 7 Twist families living in Saskatchewan. This was about 37% of all the recorded Twist's in Canada. Saskatchewan had the highest population of Twist families in 1911.
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What did your Twist ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Twist. 47% of Twist men worked as a Farmer.

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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 1921

  • Farmer
    47%
  • Labourer
    24%
  • Janitor
    16%
  • Laborer
    16%
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There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Twist. For the veterans among your Twist ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Twist lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Twist life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1966. The average life expectancy for Twist in 1944 was 30, and 76 in 2004.

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