White Name Meaning

English, Scottish, and Irish: from Middle English whit ‘white’, hence a nickname for someone with white hair or an unnaturally pale complexion. In some cases it represents a Middle English personal name, from an Old English byname, Hwit(a), of this origin. As a Scottish and Irish surname it has been widely used as a translation of the many Gaelic names based on bán ‘white’ (see Bain 1) or fionn ‘fair’ (see Finn 1). There has also been some confusion with Wight. Translated form of cognate and equivalent names in other languages, such as German Weiss, French Blanc, Polish Bialas (see Bialas), etc.

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

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White Family Origin

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White Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    35%
  • Laborer

    10%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Farm Laborer

    4%

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

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White Historical Records

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White Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1940 and 2004, White life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for White in 1940 was 39, and 74 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for White

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