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Whiston Name Meaning

English (North and West Midlands): habitational name from any of various places called Whiston (in Yorkshire Lancashire Northamptonshire and two places in Staffordshire) or from Wiston in Sussex. The Yorkshire and Lancashire placenames derive from Old English hwīt ‘white’ + stān ‘stone’; Whiston near Cheadle (Staffordshire) has the same etymology. Whiston near Penkridge (Staffordshire) derives from an Old English personal name Witi (genitive Wites) + Old English tūn ‘farmstead estate’. The Northamptonshire placename derives from the Old English tribal name Hwicce (genitive Hwiccena) + tūn or perhaps from an Old English personal name Hwicca + Old English connective -ing- + tūn. The Sussex placename derives from the Old English personal name Wīgstan (genitive Wīgstanes) + tūn. Sometimes this name is a variant of Whitestone .

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

Similar surnames: Whitton, Winton, Hilton, Winston, Wilton, Chilton, Wharton, Hinton

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Where is the Whiston family from?

You can see how Whiston families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Whiston family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Whiston families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 5 Whiston families living in New York. This was about 38% of all the recorded Whiston's in USA. New York had the highest population of Whiston families in 1840.
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What did your Whiston ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Whiston. 25% of Whiston men worked as a Farmer and 20% of Whiston women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Whiston were Foreman and Housekeeper. .

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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
  • Clerk
  • Foreman

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Clerk
  • Proprietor
  • Housekeeper
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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Whiston. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Whiston. For the veterans among your Whiston ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Whiston lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Whiston life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1966, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Whiston in 1963 was 89, and 82 in 2004.

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