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Whitaker Family History

Whitaker Name Meaning
English: habitational name from any of various places named with Old English hwit ‘white’ or hw?te ‘wheat’ + æcer ‘cultivated land’, as for example Whitaker in Lancashire and Whitacre in Warwickshire (both ‘white field’) or Whiteacre in Kent and Wheatacre in Norfolk (both ‘wheat field’).

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

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542,898 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
48,575 Military Records
19,337 Immigration Records
331,802 Census and Voter Lists
1,243,280 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Whitaker Families

  • Number of Whitaker families
     235 - 467
     79 - 234
     1 - 78
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Whitaker families
     2,412 - 4,822
     805 - 2,411
     1 - 804
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Whitaker families
     5 - 7
     2 - 4
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Whitaker Family Origin

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Whitaker Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Whitaker

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Whitaker Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Whitaker census records

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Whitaker Civil War Service Records

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