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Whitwell Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places called Whitwell especially those in Westmorland and North Yorkshire also in Rutland Norfolk and Hertfordshire all named with Old English hwīt ‘white’ + wella ‘well spring stream’.

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

Similar surnames: Hipwell, Wiswell, Shadwell, Whitelaw, Whittle, Whitbeck, Haswell

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Where is the Whitwell family from?

You can see how Whitwell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Whitwell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Whitwell families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 67 Whitwell families living in Ontario. This was about 96% of all the recorded Whitwell's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Whitwell families in 1911.
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What did your Whitwell ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Whitwell. 24% of Whitwell men worked as a Laborer and 100% of Whitwell women worked as a Stenographer. .

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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

  • Laborer
  • Labourer
  • Farmer
  • Merchant

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 21,000 census records available for the last name Whitwell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Whitwell census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Whitwell. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Whitwell. For the veterans among your Whitwell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Whitwell lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Whitwell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Whitwell in 1959 was 56, and 69 in 2004.

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