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White Name Meaning

English, Scottish, and Irish: from Middle English whit ‘white’, hence a nickname for someone with white hair or an unnaturally pale complexion. In some cases it represents a Middle English personal name, from an Old English byname, Hwit(a), of this origin. As a Scottish and Irish surname it has been widely used as a translation of the many Gaelic names based on bán ‘white’ (see Bain 1) or fionn ‘fair’ (see Finn 1). There has also been some confusion with Wight. Translated form of cognate and equivalent names in other languages, such as German Weiss, French Blanc, Polish Bialas (see Bialas), etc.

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


Similar surnames: Witt, Wise, Waite, Whitney, Hine, Leite, Wride, Whyte, Whitby, Wire

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Where is the White family from?

You can see how White families moved over time by selecting different census years. The White family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most White families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 17,533 White families living in London. This was about 19% of all the recorded White's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of White families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the White surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your White ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named White. 6% of White men worked as a General Labourer and 62% of White women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named White were Bricklayer and Incapacitated. .

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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 1939

  • General Labourer
    6%
  • Builders Labourer
    2%
  • Incapacitated
    2%
  • Bricklayer
    2%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    62%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housewife
    2%
  • Incapacitated
    2%
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Census Records

There are 5 million census records available for the last name White. Like a window into their day-to-day life, White 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 493,000 immigration records available for the last name White. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 775,000 military records available for the last name White. For the veterans among your White ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average White lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, White life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for White in 1940 was 39, and 74 in 2004.

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