Whitfield Family History

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Whitfield Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places named Whitfield, for example in Derbyshire, Kent, Northamptonshire, and Northumberland, named with Old English hwit ‘white’ + feld ‘open country’, because of their chalky or soil.

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

Similar surnames: Whitefield, Winfield, Hatfield, Westfield, Fairfield, Chatfield

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Whitfield Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Whitfield name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Whitfield. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


  • Germanic Europe


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Whitfield Family Origin

Where is the Whitfield family from?

Whitfield Family Occupations

What did your Whitfield ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Whitfield family was Labourer. Farmer, Farmer Son and School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Whitfield. The most common Whitfield occupation in Canada was Farmer. 46% of Whitfield's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Farmer Son

  • School

  • Labourer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Whitfield ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Whitfield Historical Records

What Whitfield family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 199,000 census records available for the last name Whitfield. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Whitfield census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 24,000 immigration records available for the last name Whitfield. 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 Card

There are 26,000 military records available for the last name Whitfield. For the veterans among your Whitfield ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Whitfield Life Expectancy

What is the average Whitfield lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Whitfield life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Whitfield in 1940 was 30, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Whitfield ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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