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Waite Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): occupational name for a watchman either in a town or castle from Anglo-Norman French waite ‘watchman member of the watch’ (of ancient Germanic origin; compare Wachter ). In the Middle Ages the town waits typically combined the functions of watchmen and musicians through being trumpeters or pipers. There may also have been some late confusion with White or Wheat .

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

Similar surnames: White, Waithe, Tite, Wait, Waits, Waitt, Maire, Waites, Tarte, Walter

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Where is the Waite family from?

You can see how Waite families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Waite family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Waite families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 51 Waite families living in New York. This was about 29% of all the recorded Waite's in USA. New York had the highest population of Waite families in 1840.
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What did your Waite ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Waite. 15% of Waite men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Waite women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Waite 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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Clerk
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Census Records

There are 222,000 census records available for the last name Waite. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Waite census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 31,000 immigration records available for the last name Waite. 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 Cards

There are 26,000 military records available for the last name Waite. For the veterans among your Waite ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Waite lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Waite life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Waite in 1944 was 24, and 77 in 2004.

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