White Family History

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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

Similar surnames: Witt, Wise, Waite, Whitney, Hine, Leite, Wride, Whyte, Whitby, Wire

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White Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the White name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name White. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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White Family Origin

Where is the White family from?

White Family Occupations

What did your White ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common White occupation in the USA was Farmer. 35% of White's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by White. A less common occupation for the White family was Farm Laborer.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your White ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

White Historical Records

What White family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 5 million census records available for the last name White. Like a window into their day-to-day life, White census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 493,000 immigration records available for the last name White. 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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Draft Card

There are 775,000 military records available for the last name White. For the veterans among your White ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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White Life Expectancy

What is the average White lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, White life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for White in 1940 was 39, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your White ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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