Whitelaw Family History

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Whitelaw Name Meaning

Scottish and northern English: habitational name from any of various places in the Scottish Borders called Whitelaw, from Old English hwit ‘white’ + hlaw ‘hill’.

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

Similar surnames: Whitelow, Whitwell, Whittle, Whitley, White, Bigelow, Whitehall

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Whitelaw Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Whitelaw name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Whitelaw. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • European Jewish


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Whitelaw Family Origin

Where is the Whitelaw family from?

Whitelaw Family Occupations

What did your Whitelaw ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Whitelaw occupation in the USA was Farmer. 31% of Whitelaw's were Farmers. Farmer, Farming and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Whitelaw. A less common occupation for the Whitelaw family was Farm Hand.

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  • Farmer

  • Farming

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Hand


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

Whitelaw Historical Records

What Whitelaw family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 35,000 census records available for the last name Whitelaw. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Whitelaw 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Whitelaw. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Whitelaw. For the veterans among your Whitelaw ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Whitelaw Life Expectancy

What is the average Whitelaw lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Whitelaw life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Whitelaw in 1957 was 63, and 66 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Whitelaw

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Whitelaw 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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