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Whitton Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from Whitton in Morebattle (Roxburghshire). The placename is from Old English hwīt ‘white’ + tūn ‘farm village’ as with many of the places in 2 below. English: habitational name from any of the places called Whitton (Durham Lincolnshire Middlesex Northumberland Shropshire Suffolk) or Witton (Cheshire Durham Lancashire Herefordshire Norfolk Northumberland Warwickshire Worcestershire North Yorkshire); or possibly from Wyton (Huntingdonshire East Yorkshire); or possibly from Weeton Market Weighton or Little Weighton (East Yorkshire). The placenames do not all share the same etymology but most of their post-medieval spellings are interchangeable. Most of the placenames derive from the Old English personal name Hwīta or Old English hwīt ‘white’ + tūn ‘farmstead estate’ though some for example Witton in Warwickshire derive from Old English wīc ‘dwelling specialized farmstead’ + tūn and some others for example Witton in Norfolk derive from Old English widu ‘wood’ + tūn. Whitton in Lincolnshire derives from the Old English personal name Hwīta (genitive Hwītan) or Old English hwīt (dative hwītan) + ēg ‘island’. Witton in Lancashire derives from the Old English personal Witta + Old English tūn. English: in Devon this surname is a variant of Whiddon .

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

Similar surnames: Whiston, Chilton, Hatton, Winton, Hilton, Shotton, Wilton, Litton

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You can see how Whitton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Whitton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Whitton families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 75 Whitton families living in Ontario. This was about 65% of all the recorded Whitton's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Whitton families in 1911.
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In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Whitton. 35% of Whitton men worked as a Farmer. .

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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
  • Labourer
  • Butcher
  • Laborer
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Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Whitton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Whitton in 1947 was 35, and 75 in 2004.

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