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Wagstaff Surname Meaning

English and Scottish: nickname probably for a beadle literally one who wagged a staff or rod. It may also have been a ribald nickname.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Langstaff, Staff, Longstaff, Stiff, Stoff, Steff, Scaff, Gaff

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Where is the Wagstaff family from?

You can see how Wagstaff families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wagstaff family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wagstaff families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 47 Wagstaff families living in Ontario. This was about 52% of all the recorded Wagstaff's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Wagstaff families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Wagstaff surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Wagstaff ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Operator were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Wagstaff. 32% of Wagstaff men worked as a Farmer and 50% of Wagstaff women worked as an Operator. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wagstaff were Electrician and Housewife. .

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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
    32%
  • Labourer
    12%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Electrician
    8%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Operator
    50%
  • Housewife
    50%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Wagstaff. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Wagstaff. For the veterans among your Wagstaff ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wagstaff lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Wagstaff life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Wagstaff in 1949 was 39, and 79 in 2004.

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