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Whitehead Name Meaning

English: nickname from Middle English whit ‘white’ + hed ‘head’ (Old English hwīt + hēafod) denoting a person with white or fair hair. Occasionally perhaps from Middle English whīt ‘white’ + hod ‘hood’ (Old English hwīt + hōd). Irish: adopted by erroneous translation of Ó Ceanndubháin ‘descendant of the little black-headed one’ (see Canavan ) as if from Gaelic ceann ‘head’ + bán ‘white’. Americanized form (translation into English) of German Weisshaupt (see Weishaupt ) or Weisskopf (see Weiskopf ).

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


Similar surnames: Whitebread, Whitman, Whitefield, Whitehall, Whitelaw, Whiteman

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Where is the Whitehead family from?

You can see how Whitehead families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Whitehead family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Whitehead families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 243 Whitehead families living in Ontario. This was about 37% of all the recorded Whitehead's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Whitehead families in 1911.
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What did your Whitehead ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Whitehead. 28% of Whitehead men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Whitehead women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Whitehead were Carpenter and Nurse. .

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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
    28%
  • Labourer
    13%
  • Laborer
    7%
  • Carpenter
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
    14%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Student
    8%
  • Nurse
    8%
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Passenger Lists

There are 54,000 immigration records available for the last name Whitehead. 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 56,000 military records available for the last name Whitehead. For the veterans among your Whitehead ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Whitehead lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Whitehead life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Whitehead in 1941 was 41, and 71 in 2004.

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