Wightman Family History

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Wightman Name Meaning

from an unattested Old English personal name Wihtmann meaning ‘elf man’. variant of Wight, with the addition of Middle English man ‘man’.

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

Similar surnames: Wildman, Lightman, Titman, Brightman, Wiman, Weightman, Lichtman

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Wightman Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Wightman name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Wightman. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Wightman Family Origin

Where is the Wightman family from?

Wightman Family Occupations

What did your Wightman ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Wightman occupation in the UK was Farmer. 5% of Wightman's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Wightman family was Joiner. Farmer, Coal Miner and Annuitant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Wightman.

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  • Farmer

  • Coal Miner

  • Annuitant

  • Joiner


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Wightman ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Wightman Historical Records

What Wightman family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 58,000 census records available for the last name Wightman. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wightman census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Wightman. 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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Draft Card

There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Wightman. For the veterans among your Wightman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Wightman Life Expectancy

What is the average Wightman lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Wightman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Wightman in 1958 was 33, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Wightman

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Wightman ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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