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Williams Surname Meaning

English: variant of William with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s. This form of the surname is also common in Wales. In North America this surname has also absorbed some cognates from other languages such as Dutch Willems . Williams is the third most frequent surname in the US. It is also very common among African Americans and Native Americans.

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

Similar surnames: Williamson, Mcwilliams, Williamsen, Willis, Gilliam, Guilliams

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Where is the Williams family from?

You can see how Williams families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Williams family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Williams families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 5,058 Williams families living in Ontario. This was about 43% of all the recorded Williams's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Williams families in 1911.
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What did your Williams ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Williams. 26% of Williams men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Williams women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Williams were Fisherman and Student. .

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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
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Fisherman

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
  • Income
  • Student
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Census Records

There are 8 million census records available for the last name Williams. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Williams 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 984,000 immigration records available for the last name Williams. 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 1 million military records available for the last name Williams. For the veterans among your Williams ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Williams lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Williams life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Williams in 1940 was 44, and 72 in 2004.

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