Whitney Family History

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Whitney Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in Herefordshire, the etymology of which is uncertain. The second element is Old English eg ‘island’, ‘piece of higher ground in a low-lying area’; the first appears to be hwitan, which is either the genitive singular of an Old English byname Hwita (meaning ‘white’), or the weak dative case (originally used after a preposition and article) of the adjective hwit ‘white’.

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

Similar surnames: Whitley, Sidney, Whitty, Whitby, White, Pitney, Whinery, Willey

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Whitney Family Origin

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Whitney Family Occupations

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In 1880, the most common Whitney occupation in the USA was Farmer. 32% of Whitney's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Whitney family was Carpenter. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Whitney.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


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Whitney Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 290,000 census records available for the last name Whitney. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Whitney 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 27,000 immigration records available for the last name Whitney. 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 55,000 military records available for the last name Whitney. For the veterans among your Whitney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Whitney Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Whitney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Whitney in 1940 was 54, and 76 in 2004.

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