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White Name Meaning
English, Scottish, and Irish: from Middle English whit ‘white’, hence a nickname for someone with white hair or an unnaturally pale complexion. In some cases it represents a Middle English personal name, from an Old English byname, Hwit(a), of this origin. As a Scottish and Irish surname it has been widely used as a translation of the many Gaelic names based on bán ‘white’ (see Bain 1) or fionn ‘fair’ (see Finn 1). There has also been some confusion with Wight.Translated form of cognate and equivalent names in other languages, such as German Weiss, French Blanc, Polish Bialas (see Bialas), etc.

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

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Name Distribution of White Families

  • Number of White families
     3,669 - 7,336
     1,224 - 3,668
     1 - 1,223
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of White families
     8,768 - 17,533
     2,923 - 8,767
     1 - 2,922
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of White families
     1,454 - 2,905
     485 - 1,453
     1 - 484
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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White Family Origin

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White Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for White

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White Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

White census records

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White Civil War Service Records

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