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Witt Family History

Witt Name Meaning

North German: nickname for someone with white hair or a remarkably pale complexion, from a Middle Low German witte ‘white’. South German: from a short form of the old German personal name Wittigo. English: variant of White.

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


Similar surnames: Witte, With, Kitt, Litt, Ritt, Watt, Hitt, Witz, Dott, Wint

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Where is the Witt family from?

You can see how Witt families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Witt family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Witt families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 51 Witt families living in Tennessee. This was about 20% of all the recorded Witt's in the USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Witt families in 1840.
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What did your Witt ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Witt. 18% of Witt men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Witt women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Witt 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

  • Farmer
    18%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    7%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Census Records

There are 191,000 census records available for the last name Witt. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Witt 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 30,000 immigration records available for the last name Witt. 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 46,000 military records available for the last name Witt. For the veterans among your Witt ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Witt lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Witt life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Witt in 1941 was 60, and 76 in 2004.

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