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Wight Name Meaning

Scottish and English: nickname from Middle English wiht wight ‘agile nimble strong brave’ (Old Norse víg with the Old Norse neuter suffix -t for which compare the word scant) or from the corresponding Older Scots word wicht. Possibly sometimes a nickname from Middle English wight ‘living creature; small portion or thing’ or from the corresponding Older Scots word wicht. English: habitational name from the Isle of Wight. The island is recorded as Vectis (its Latin name) c. 150 AD. Its name derives from a British word perhaps related to Welsh gwaith ‘turn course’ meaning ‘place of the division’ in reference to the island's position in the Solent. English and Scottish: variant of White .

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


Similar surnames: Light, Wright, Might, Wicht, Hight, High, Wigg, Weight, Slight

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Where is the Wight family from?

You can see how Wight families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wight family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wight families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 202 Wight families living in Ontario. This was about 49% of all the recorded Wight's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Wight families in 1911.
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What did your Wight ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Wight. 52% of Wight men worked as a Farmer and 31% of Wight women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wight were Carpenter and Wife. .

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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
    52%
  • Labourer
    10%
  • Farming
    8%
  • Carpenter
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
    31%
  • Teacher
    24%
  • Marntarned
    16%
  • Wife
    16%
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What is the average Wight lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Wight life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Wight in 1948 was 30, and 79 in 2004.

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