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Whitby Surname Meaning

English: habitational name from Whitby a port in North Yorkshire or from Whitby in Cheshire. The North Yorkshire placename probably derives from the Old Norse personal name Hvíti or Old Norse hvítr ‘white’ + ‘farmstead village’. The Cheshire placename derives from Old English hwīt ‘white’ + burg ‘fortress’ later replaced by Old Norse .

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

Similar surnames: Whitty, Westby, Wilby, Wisby, Chitty, Whitney, Whitley, Welby, Hobby

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Where is the Whitby family from?

You can see how Whitby families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Whitby family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Whitby families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 221 Whitby families living in Cheshire. This was about 13% of all the recorded Whitby's in United Kingdom. Cheshire had the highest population of Whitby families in 1891.
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What did your Whitby ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Whitby. 11% of Whitby men worked as a General Labourer and 72% of Whitby women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Whitby were Builders Labourer and Domestic 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 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Bricklayer
  • Farm Labourer
  • Builders Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Domestic Servant
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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Whitby. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Whitby. For the veterans among your Whitby ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Whitby lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Whitby life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Whitby in 1950 was 47, and 75 in 2004.

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