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Whitty Surname Meaning

English:: topographic name denoting a ‘dweller by the white hedge or the white (forest) enclosure’ from Middle English whit ‘white’ (Old English hwīt) + heie ‘hedge enclosure’ (Old English (ge)hæg and Old French haie) perhaps in reference to whitethorn (hawthorn) hedging. This English name has been recorded in Ireland (Wexford) since the 13th century. It has been Gaelicized as de Faoite see also White . nickname from Middle English whit ‘white’ + eie ‘eye’ (Old English hwīt + ēage). Compare Blackie 2 and Greeney . variant of Witty with which this surname may have been confused.

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

Similar surnames: Chitty, Whitby, White, Whitney, Witty, Witt, Whitton, Witte, Whitley

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Where is the Whitty family from?

You can see how Whitty families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Whitty family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Whitty families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 192 Whitty families living in Lancashire. This was about 27% of all the recorded Whitty's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Whitty families in 1891.
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What did your Whitty 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 Whitty. 18% of Whitty men worked as a General Labourer and 68% of Whitty women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Whitty were Carpenter joiner 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
  • Builders Labourer
  • Cowman
  • Carpenter joiner

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Incapacitated
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Passenger Lists

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

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What is the average Whitty lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Whitty life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Whitty in 1948 was 50, and 85 in 2004.

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