Whitner Family History

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Whitner Name Meaning

Possibly an Americanized form of German Wittner, a habitational name from any of several places named Witten (for example, on the Ruhr) or Wittenau (for example, near Berlin and in Silesia). Perhaps also an Americanized spelling of German Weissener (see Wisener).

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

Similar surnames: Heitner, Whitmer, Whisner, Whitener, Weiner, Whitaker, Hiner, Whitley

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Whitner Family Origin

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Whitner Family Occupations

What did your Whitner ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Farming and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Whitner. A less common occupation for the Whitner family was Keeping House. The most common Whitner occupation in the USA was Farmer. 27% of Whitner's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Farming

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House


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

Whitner Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Whitner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Whitner 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 479 immigration records available for the last name Whitner. 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 Whitner. For the veterans among your Whitner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Whitner Life Expectancy

What is the average Whitner lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Whitner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1981. The average life expectancy for Whitner in 1956 was 48, and 59 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Whitner 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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