Wharton Family History

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Wharton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places called Wharton. Examples in Cheshire and Herefordshire are from an Old English river name Wæfer (derived from wæfre ‘wandering’, ‘winding’) + Old English tun ‘settlement’; another in Lincolnshire has as its first element Old English wearde ‘beacon’ or waroð ‘shore’, ‘bank’; one in the former county of Westmorland (now part of Cumbria) is from Old English hwearf ‘wharf’, ‘embankment’ + tun.

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

Similar surnames: Harton, Whiston, Worton, Hatton, Whitton, Halton, Harston, Horton

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Wharton Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Wharton name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Wharton. 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


  • Norway


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Wharton Family Origin

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Wharton Family Occupations

What did your Wharton ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Farming


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

Wharton Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 133,000 census records available for the last name Wharton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wharton 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 20,000 immigration records available for the last name Wharton. 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 23,000 military records available for the last name Wharton. For the veterans among your Wharton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Wharton Life Expectancy

What is the average Wharton lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Wharton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Wharton in 1943 was 39, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Wharton 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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