Whitaker Family History

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Whitaker Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places named with Old English hwit ‘white’ or hw?te ‘wheat’ + æcer ‘cultivated land’, as for example Whitaker in Lancashire and Whitacre in Warwickshire (both ‘white field’) or Whiteacre in Kent and Wheatacre in Norfolk (both ‘wheat field’).

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

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

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Whitaker Family Origin

Where is the Whitaker family from?

Whitaker Family Occupations

What did your Whitaker ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Whitaker occupation in the USA was Farmer. 40% of Whitaker's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Whitaker family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Whitaker.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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

Whitaker Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 357,000 census records available for the last name Whitaker. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Whitaker 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 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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Draft Card

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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Whitaker Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Whitaker

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Whitaker 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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