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Whittier Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a dresser of white leather someone who tawed skins into whitleather from Middle English whīt ‘white’ + tawyere towyere tewere an agent noun from West Saxon Old English tāwian Anglian tēwian ‘to taw’.

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

Similar surnames: Whitter, Whistler, Witcher, Whitmill, Whitaker, Witter, Hatter

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Where is the Whittier family from?

You can see how Whittier families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Whittier family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Whittier families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 64 Whittier families living in Maine. This was about 36% of all the recorded Whittier's in USA. Maine had the highest population of Whittier families in 1840.
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What did your Whittier ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Whittier. 14% of Whittier men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Whittier women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Whittier were Truck Driver and Clerk. .

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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

  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Clerk
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Whittier. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Whittier. For the veterans among your Whittier ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Whittier lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Whittier life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Whittier in 1955 was 52, and 86 in 2004.

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