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Witter Name Meaning

German: from an ancient Germanic personal name composed of the elements wid(u) ‘wood forest’ + hari ‘army’. North German: occupational name for a whitewasher or plasterer from Middle Low German witten ‘to make white’ or for a coiner from witten ‘to determine the contents of gold or silver by boiling’. English (Lancashire and Cheshire): variant of Whitter .

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


Similar surnames: Ritter, Wittmer, Wetter, Gitter, Bitter, Wicker, Mitter, Winter

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Where is the Witter family from?

You can see how Witter families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Witter family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Witter families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 170 Witter families living in Lancashire. This was about 45% of all the recorded Witter's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Witter families in 1891.
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What did your Witter 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 Witter. 24% of Witter men worked as a General Labourer and 80% of Witter women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Witter were Retired and Unpaid Domestic. .

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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
    24%
  • Dairy Farmer
    18%
  • Farm Labourer Heavy Work
    12%
  • Retired
    12%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    80%
  • Domestic Duties
    5%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Witter. 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 Cards

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

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What is the average Witter lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Witter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1975. The average life expectancy for Witter in 1940 was 33, and 75 in 2004.

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