Whitman Family History

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Whitman Name Meaning

English: from Middle English whit ‘white’ + man ‘man’, either a nickname with the same sense as White, or else an occupational name for a servant of a bearer of the nickname White.

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

Similar surnames: Shipman, Wainman, Waitman, Titman, Weitzman, Weitman, Westman

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Whitman Family Origin

Where is the Whitman family from?

Whitman Family Occupations

What did your Whitman ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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

Whitman Historical Records

What Whitman family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 131,000 census records available for the last name Whitman. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Whitman 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 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Whitman. 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 25,000 military records available for the last name Whitman. For the veterans among your Whitman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Whitman Life Expectancy

What is the average Whitman lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Whitman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Whitman in 1941 was 47, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Whitman

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Whitman 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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