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Whitebread Name Meaning

English (Kent and Middlesex): from Middle English whit bred (Old English hwīt brēad ‘white bread’) probably denoting a baker or seller of white bread. White bread considered the best bread was made from wheat flour. The name may also derive from Middle English whete bred ‘wheat bread’ (Old English hwǣte brēad) denoting a baker or seller of bread made from wheat. The terms ‘white bread’ and ‘wheat bread’ though of different origin but with identical reference fell together. Alternatively the surname may also derive from a metathesized form of Whitberd from Middle English whīt ‘white’ + berd ‘beard’ (Old English hwīt + beard) a nickname for someone with a white beard. In some instances perhaps an Americanized form (translation into English) of the German cognate Weisbrot .

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


Similar surnames: Whitehead, Whitefield, Whitfield, Whitmore, Whitelaw, Whitford

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Where is the Whitebread family from?

You can see how Whitebread families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Whitebread family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Whitebread families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 8 Whitebread families living in British Columbia. This was about 38% of all the recorded Whitebread's in Canada. British Columbia had the highest population of Whitebread families in 1911.
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What did your Whitebread ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Whitebread. 49% of Whitebread men worked as a Laborer and 27% of Whitebread women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Whitebread were Clerk and Cook. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    49%
  • Farmer
    19%
  • Salesman
    12%
  • Clerk
    8%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
    27%
  • Housewife
    27%
  • Housework
    20%
  • Cook
    14%
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Passenger Lists

There are 396 immigration records available for the last name Whitebread. 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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Draft Cards

There are 816 military records available for the last name Whitebread. For the veterans among your Whitebread ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Whitebread lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Whitebread life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1987, and highest in 1964. The average life expectancy for Whitebread in 1962 was 82, and 81 in 2004.

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