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Whitcomb Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places called Whitcombe or Witcombe. Whitcombe in Dorset and Witcombe in Gloucestershire are named with Old English wīd ‘wide’ + cumb ‘valley’; Whitcombe Isle of Wight may have the same etymology or alternatively the first element may be Old English hwīt ‘white’. Witcombe in Somerset is named with Old English wīthig ‘willow’ + cumb and the placename Whitcombe in Devon is from Old English hwǣte ‘wheat’ + cumb. The surname may also derive from a lost place in Sussex.

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

Similar surnames: Liscomb, Holcomb, Whitton, Whitmore, Whitford, Whiddon, Whitney

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Where is the Whitcomb family from?

You can see how Whitcomb families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Whitcomb family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Whitcomb families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 125 Whitcomb families living in Massachusetts. This was about 26% of all the recorded Whitcomb's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Whitcomb families in 1840.
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What did your Whitcomb ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Whitcomb. 14% of Whitcomb men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Whitcomb women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Whitcomb were Clerk 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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
  • Clerk
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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Whitcomb. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 12,000 military records available for the last name Whitcomb. For the veterans among your Whitcomb ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Whitcomb lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Whitcomb life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Whitcomb in 1943 was 23, and 78 in 2004.

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