Wakefield Name Origin, Meaning and Family History

Wakefield Name Meaning: A locational name given to someone from an area of the same name.

From the Olde English 'wacu' vigil, festival or wake + 'feld' pasture, open country. So literally 'the festival field'

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Surname Distribution

Census frequency by county

Name Concentrations Within England and Wales

Wakefield Surname Statistics

Top Professions for the Wakefield family

Profession Census Frequency
Agricultural Labourer 203
Female Servant 117
Independent 84
Labourer 71
Male Servant 70
Farmer 33
Frame Work Knitter 22
Shoe Maker 20
Ag Labourer 17
Carpenter 14
Tailor 14
Grocer 11
Gardener 11
Dress Maker 10
Independant 9
Publican 8
Blacksmith 8
Weaver 8
Boatman 8
Pupil 7
Collier 7
Nailor 7
Servant 6
Baker 6
Joiner 6

Wakefield Surname Variants Ranking

Rank Surname Match Census Frequency
1 Wakefield 100% 40,254
2 Wakfield 89% 250

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