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Wish Family History

Wish Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived by a water meadow or marsh, Middle English wyshe (Old English wisc). Americanized spelling of Wisch.

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

Similar surnames: Wise, Fish, Wisch, Rish, Rush, Wire, High, West, Bish, With

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Where is the Wish family from?

You can see how Wish families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wish family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wish families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 14 Wish families living in Ontario. This was about 44% of all the recorded Wish's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Wish families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Wish surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Wish ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Secretary were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Wish. 24% of Wish men worked as a Salesman and 19% of Wish women worked as a Secretary. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wish were Proprietor 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

  • Salesman
  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Proprietor

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Secretary
  • Saleslady
  • Housework
  • Housewife
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What Wish family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Wish. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wish 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 946 immigration records available for the last name Wish. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Wish. For the veterans among your Wish ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wish lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Wish life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Wish in 1951 was 55, and 76 in 2004.

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