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Whittaker Name Meaning

English: variant of Whitaker .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Whiteaker, Whitaker, Whitler, Whittley, Whittall, Whitcher, Hardaker

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Where is the Whittaker family from?

You can see how Whittaker families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Whittaker family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Whittaker families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 32 Whittaker families living in New York. This was about 26% of all the recorded Whittaker's in USA. New York had the highest population of Whittaker families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Whittaker surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Whittaker ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Whittaker. 17% of Whittaker men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Whittaker women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Whittaker were Truck Driver and Teacher. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Maid
  • Housewife
  • Teacher
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Census Records

There are 274,000 census records available for the last name Whittaker. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Whittaker census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 28,000 immigration records available for the last name Whittaker. 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 Cards

There are 29,000 military records available for the last name Whittaker. For the veterans among your Whittaker ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Whittaker lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Whittaker life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Whittaker in 1940 was 65, and 74 in 2004.

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