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Dewitt Name Meaning

variant pronunciation of Devitt a name well evidenced in Nether Whitacre and Nuneaton (Warwicks) and in Bedford (Beds). occasionally an anglicization of De Witt ‘the white(-haired) fair or pale-skinned one’ from Middle Dutch witte + the definite article de. The 1820 bearer below might be related to one or more of Ann Deuitt 1699 Jacobi Dewitt 1760 Thomas Henry Devitt 1814 Mary Devett 1821 in IGI (Saint Botolph without Aldgate London) but these bearers have been treated as examples of Irish or English Devitt .

Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland, 2016


Similar surnames: Hewitt, De Witt, Dewitz, Devitt, Pewitt, Lewitt, Jewitt, Newitt

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You can see how Dewitt families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dewitt family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dewitt families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 176 Dewitt families living in New York. This was about 44% of all the recorded Dewitt's in USA. New York had the highest population of Dewitt families in 1840.
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What did your Dewitt ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Dewitt. 19% of Dewitt men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Dewitt women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dewitt were Truck Driver and Clerk. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
    19%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    10%
  • Teacher
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Clerk
    5%
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What is the average Dewitt lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Dewitt life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Dewitt in 1942 was 42, and 73 in 2004.

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