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Witham Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places so called particularly those in Essex Lincolnshire and Somerset though most often from Essex. The Essex placename may derive from Old English wiht ‘curve bend’ + hām ‘village homestead’. North and South Witham in Lincolnshire take their names from the river Witham (of uncertain origin). Witham on the Hill (Lincolnshire) may derive from the Old English personal name Wit(t)a Old English wita ‘councillor’ or wiht ‘curve bend’ + hām. The Somerset placename derives from the Old English personal name Wit(t)a or Old English wita + hām.

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 USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 305 Witham families living in London. This was about 26% of all the recorded Witham's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Witham families in 1891.
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What did your Witham 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 Witham. 14% of Witham men worked as a General Labourer and 73% of Witham women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Witham were Incapacitated 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
    14%
  • House Painter
    5%
  • Builders Labourer
    5%
  • Incapacitated
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    73%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    4%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    3%
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Census Records

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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 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 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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