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Whyte Family History

Whyte Name Meaning

Scottish (central Scotland): variant of White . This form of the surname is common mainly in Ireland and Scotland.

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

Similar surnames: White, Whitt, Wyse, Wayt, Witte, Waye, Kyte, Keyte, Hyde, Hoyte

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Where is the Whyte family from?

You can see how Whyte families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Whyte family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Whyte families were found in and Scotland in 1841. In 1911 there were 293 Whyte families living in Ontario. This was about 50% of all the recorded Whyte's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Whyte families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Whyte surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Whyte ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Whyte. 36% of Whyte men worked as a Farmer and 19% of Whyte women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Whyte were Salesman and Teacher. .

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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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Income
  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
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What Whyte family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 124,000 census records available for the last name Whyte. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Whyte 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 31,000 immigration records available for the last name Whyte. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Whyte. For the veterans among your Whyte ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Whyte lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Whyte life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Whyte in 1942 was 31, and 79 in 2004.

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