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Wharton Name Meaning

English:: habitational name from any of various places called Wharton in Westmorland Cheshire and Lincolnshire or from Warton in Lancashire Northumberland and Warwickshire. The Lancashire Lincolnshire and Northumberland placenames probably derive from Old English weard ‘watch’ + tūn ‘farmstead estate’. The Cheshire and Warwickshire placenames derive from Old English wæfre ‘swamp marshy ground’ + tūn. The Westmorland placename may derive from Old English hwearf ‘embankment shore wharf’ + tūn. perhaps occasionally a habitational name from Wiverton in Nottinghamshire derived from the Old English personal name Wīgfrith + Old English tūn ‘farmstead estate’.

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

Similar surnames: Harton, Whiston, Worton, Hatton, Whitton, Halton, Harston, Horton

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Where is the Wharton family from?

You can see how Wharton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wharton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wharton families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 64 Wharton families living in Ontario. This was about 32% of all the recorded Wharton's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Wharton families in 1911.
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What did your Wharton ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Domestic were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Wharton. 37% of Wharton men worked as a Farmer and 27% of Wharton women worked as a Domestic. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wharton were Carpenter and Income. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Labourer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Domestic
  • Bookkeeper
  • Nurse
  • Income
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Passenger Lists

There are 20,000 immigration records available for the last name Wharton. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 23,000 military records available for the last name Wharton. For the veterans among your Wharton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wharton lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Wharton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Wharton in 1943 was 39, and 72 in 2004.

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