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Whittle Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Whittle (Lancashire Northumberland) Whittle le Woods (Lancashire) or a topographic name for someone who lived ‘(by the) white hill’ from Middle English whit(te) ‘white’ + hil(le) ‘hill’. Alternatively a topographic name for someone who lived ‘(by the) clear spring or stream’ from Middle English whit(te) + wel(la) wel(l)e ‘spring stream’. Occasionally this name may have been confused with Whitehall .

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

Similar surnames: Whitton, Whitley, Wintle, Whitmore, Whitty, Little, Whitter, Whittley

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Where is the Whittle family from?

You can see how Whittle families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Whittle family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Whittle families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 8 Whittle families living in New Hampshire. This was about 12% of all the recorded Whittle's in USA. New Hampshire and 1 other state had the highest population of Whittle families in 1840.
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What did your Whittle ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Whittle. 22% of Whittle men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Whittle women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Whittle were Farm Laborer 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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
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Census Records

There are 130,000 census records available for the last name Whittle. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Whittle 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 20,000 immigration records available for the last name Whittle. 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 15,000 military records available for the last name Whittle. For the veterans among your Whittle ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Whittle lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Whittle life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Whittle in 1941 was 42, and 81 in 2004.

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