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Whitehead Family History

Whitehead Name Meaning
English and Scottish: nickname for someone with fair or prematurely white hair, from Middle English whit ‘white’ + heved ‘head’.Irish (Connacht): erroneous translation of Ó Ceanndubháin ‘descendant of the little black-headed one’ (see Canavan), as if from Gaelic ceann ‘head’ + bán ‘white’.Translated form of German Weisshaupt (see Weishaupt) or Weisskopf (see Weiskopf).

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

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Name Distribution of Whitehead Families

  • Number of Whitehead families
     291 - 579
     98 - 290
     1 - 97
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Whitehead families
     3,583 - 7,164
     1,195 - 3,582
     1 - 1,194
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Whitehead families
     73 - 144
     25 - 72
     1 - 24
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Whitehead Family Origin

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Whitehead Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Whitehead

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Whitehead Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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