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Workman Name Meaning

English (Gloucestershire): ostensibly an occupational name for a laborer from Middle English werkman ‘laborer craftsman’ also ‘customary tenant’ (Old English weorcmann). A customary tenant was a person allowed to hold land in exchange for carrying out a certain service.

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


Similar surnames: Wortman, Horsman, Parkman, Kirkman, Monkman, Werkman, Dorman, Orman

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Where is the Workman family from?

You can see how Workman families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Workman family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Workman families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 243 Workman families living in Ontario. This was about 60% of all the recorded Workman's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Workman families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Workman surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Workman ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Workman. 47% of Workman men worked as a Farmer and 31% of Workman women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Workman were Merchant and 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
    8%
  • Laborer
    6%
  • Merchant
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
    31%
  • Housekeeper
    24%
  • Teacher
    16%
  • Farmer
    16%
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Census Records

There are 129,000 census records available for the last name Workman. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Workman 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Workman. 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 23,000 military records available for the last name Workman. For the veterans among your Workman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Workman lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Workman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Workman in 1941 was 46, and 71 in 2004.

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