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Waterfall Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Waterfall, a place in Staffordshire, named from Old English wætergefall ‘place where a water course disappears below ground’. There is another place so called in Guisborough in North Yorkshire and a lost Waterfall in Pontefract, West Yorkshire, both of which may also have contributed to the surname.

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

Similar surnames: Averill, Tattersall, Waterfield, Threlfall, Wigfall, Wetherell

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Where is the Waterfall family from?

You can see how Waterfall families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Waterfall family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Waterfall families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 5 Waterfall families living in Ontario. This was 100% of all the recorded Waterfall's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Waterfall families in 1911.
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What did your Waterfall ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Waterfall. 28% of Waterfall men worked as a Farmer and 40% of Waterfall women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Waterfall were Clerk 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.

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
  • Carpenter
  • Laborer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Waitress
  • New Worker
  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Waterfall. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Waterfall census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 979 immigration records available for the last name Waterfall. 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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Draft Cards

There are 855 military records available for the last name Waterfall. For the veterans among your Waterfall ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Waterfall lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Waterfall life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2003, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Waterfall in 1957 was 70, and 105 in 2004.

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