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Whitney Family History

Whitney Name Meaning
English: habitational name from a place in Herefordshire, the etymology of which is uncertain. The second element is Old English eg ‘island’, ‘piece of higher ground in a low-lying area’; the first appears to be hwitan, which is either the genitive singular of an Old English byname Hwita (meaning ‘white’), or the weak dative case (originally used after a preposition and article) of the adjective hwit ‘white’.

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

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Name Distribution of Whitney Families

  • Number of Whitney families
     532 - 1,062
     178 - 531
     1 - 177
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Whitney families
     149 - 296
     50 - 148
     1 - 49
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Whitney families
     5 - 8
     2 - 4
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Whitney Family Origin

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Whitney Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Whitney

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Whitney Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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