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Whitney Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Whitney in Herefordshire the etymology of which is uncertain. The second element is Old English ēg ‘island piece of higher ground in a low-lying area’; the first appears to be hwītan which is either the genitive singular of an Old English byname Hwīta (meaning ‘white’) or the weak dative case (originally used after a preposition and article) of the adjective hwīt ‘white’. The name may also derive from Whitney (now Whitney Wood) in Stevenage (Hertfordshire) probably named from Old English hwītan ‘white’ + (ge)hæge ‘enclosure’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Whitley, Sidney, Whitty, Whitby, White, Pitney, Whinery, Willey

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You can see how Whitney families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Whitney family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Whitney families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 458 Whitney families living in New York. This was about 28% of all the recorded Whitney's in USA. New York had the highest population of Whitney families in 1840.
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What did your Whitney ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Whitney. 14% of Whitney men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Whitney women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Whitney were Truck Driver and Stenographer. .

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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
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
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There are 55,000 military records available for the last name Whitney. For the veterans among your Whitney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Whitney lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Whitney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Whitney in 1940 was 54, and 76 in 2004.

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