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Whitley Surname Meaning

English: habitational name from one or more of the many places called Whitley (in Yorkshire Cheshire Northumberland Wiltshire Warwickshire) Whiteley or Whitleigh (in Berkshire). The placename is common generally with the meaning ‘white clearing’ (Old English hwīt ‘white’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’) or occasionally ‘wheat clearing’ (Old English hwǣte + lēah). According to Redmonds the Yorkshire surname originated in a locality in the Elland area perhaps White Lee in Scammonden or White Lee in Mytholmroyd.

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


Similar surnames: Whatley, Whitney, Willey, Wheatley, Shipley, Wortley, Hatley, Smitley

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Where is the Whitley family from?

You can see how Whitley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Whitley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Whitley families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 134 Whitley families living in Ontario. This was about 58% of all the recorded Whitley's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Whitley families in 1911.
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What did your Whitley ancestors do for a living?

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

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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
    37%
  • Labourer
    15%
  • Clerk
    9%
  • Mechanic
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Income
    27%
  • Housekeeper
    20%
  • Nurse
    14%
  • Servant
    14%
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Passenger Lists

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Whitley. 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 24,000 military records available for the last name Whitley. For the veterans among your Whitley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Whitley lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Whitley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Whitley in 1942 was 36, and 74 in 2004.

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