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Whitaker Name Meaning

English (Yorkshire and Lancashire): habitational name from Whitacre in Warwickshire or High Whitaker in Lancashire both of whose names derive from Old English hwīt ‘white’ + æcer ‘field’. The name may also be derived from Wheatacre in Norfolk or Whiteacre in Waltham (Kent) both of which derive from Old English hwǣte ‘wheat’ + æcer ‘field’. Compare Whittaker .

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


Similar surnames: Whittle, Whitney, Whitter, Whitner, Whiteaker, Whittaker, Whittier

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Where is the Whitaker family from?

You can see how Whitaker families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Whitaker family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Whitaker families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 69 Whitaker families living in New York. This was about 11% of all the recorded Whitaker's in USA. New York had the highest population of Whitaker families in 1840.
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What did your Whitaker ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Whitaker. 22% of Whitaker men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Whitaker women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Whitaker were Truck Driver and Laborer. .

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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
    22%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Laborer
    5%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 21,000 immigration records available for the last name Whitaker. 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 50,000 military records available for the last name Whitaker. For the veterans among your Whitaker ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Whitaker lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Whitaker life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Whitaker in 1940 was 42, and 72 in 2004.

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