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Whitby Name Meaning

English: habitational name from the port in North Yorkshire named Whitby, from Old Norse hvítr ‘white’ or the personal name Hvíti + býr ‘farmstead’, ‘settlement’, or from a place of the same name in Cheshire, originally named with Old English hwit ‘white’ (i.e. stone-built) + burh ‘manor house’, ‘fortified place’.

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


Similar surnames: Whitty, Westby, Wilby, Wisby, Chitty, Whitney, Whitley, Welby, Hobby

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Where is the Whitby family from?

You can see how Whitby families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Whitby family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Whitby families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 7 Whitby families living in North Carolina. This was about 28% of all the recorded Whitby's in the USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Whitby families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Whitby surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Whitby ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Whitby. 28% of Whitby men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Whitby women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Whitby were Operator 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

  • Laborer
    28%
  • Farmer
    19%
  • Truck Driver
    8%
  • Operator
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    12%
  • Maid
    12%
  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    10%
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Census Records

There are 49,000 census records available for the last name Whitby. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Whitby 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Whitby. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Whitby. For the veterans among your Whitby ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Whitby lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Whitby life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Whitby in 1950 was 47, and 75 in 2004.

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