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Whitehead Name Meaning

English and Scottish: nickname for someone with fair or prematurely white hair, from Middle English whit ‘white’ + heved ‘head’. Irish (Connacht): erroneous translation of Ó Ceanndubháin ‘descendant of the little black-headed one’ (see Canavan), as if from Gaelic ceann ‘head’ + bán ‘white’. Translated form of German Weisshaupt (see Weishaupt) or Weisskopf (see Weiskopf).

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


Similar surnames: Whitebread, Whitman, Whitefield, Whitehall, Whitelaw, Whiteman

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Whitehead Family Origin

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Whitehead Family Occupations

What did your Whitehead ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Whitehead occupation in the USA was Farmer. 39% of Whitehead's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Whitehead. A less common occupation for the Whitehead family was Keeping House.

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  • Farmer

    39%
  • Laborer

    7%
  • Farm Laborer

    6%
  • Keeping House

    6%

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Whitehead Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Whitehead. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Whitehead 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Whitehead. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Whitehead. For the veterans among your Whitehead ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Whitehead Life Expectancy

What is the average Whitehead lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Whitehead life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Whitehead in 1941 was 41, and 71 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Whitehead

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Whitehead 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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