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Witham Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places so called. North and South Witham in Lincolnshire derive the name from the river on which they stand, which is of ancient British origin and uncertain meaning. Witham on the Hill in Lincolnshire, along with other examples in Essex and Somerset, was probably originally named with an Old English byname Wit(t)a (presumably from wit(t) ‘wits’, ‘mind’) + Old English ham ‘homestead’. However, the first element may instead have been Old English wiht ‘bend’.

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


Similar surnames: Winham, Windham, Wickham, Tatham, Higham, Isham, Derham, Basham

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Where is the Witham family from?

You can see how Witham families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Witham family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Witham families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 113 Witham families living in Maine. This was about 62% of all the recorded Witham's in the USA. Maine had the highest population of Witham families in 1840.
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What did your Witham ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Witham. 22% of Witham men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Witham women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Witham were Clerk 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
    22%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    10%
  • Teacher
    9%
  • Secretary
    8%
  • Clerk
    8%
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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Witham. 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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There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Witham. For the veterans among your Witham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Witham lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Witham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Witham in 1951 was 45, and 76 in 2004.

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