Whitaker Name Origin, Meaning and Family History

Whitaker Name Meaning: Taken from the Anglo-Saxon 'hwitaecer' word meaning 'white acre' or 'white field'.

A name given to someone who lived or worked on cultivated land that grew wheat or grain, was also taken from places named 'whitaker' or similar.

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Surname Distribution

Census frequency by county

Name Concentrations Within England and Wales

Whitaker Surname Statistics

Top Professions for the Whitaker family

Profession Census Frequency
Cotton Weaver 193
Independent 190
Agricultural Labourer 162
Weaver 142
Female Servant 138
Farmer 105
Labourer 103
Wool Comber 66
Male Servant 58
Worsted Weaver 54
Stuff Weaver 47
Tailor 35
Woollen Weaver 34
Shoe Maker 33
Clothier 30
Cotton Spinner 28
Dress Maker 27
Cotton Piecer 27
Coal Miner 26
Blacksmith 25
Calico Printer 21
Joiner 18
Butcher 18
Mechanic 17
Wool Sorter 17

Whitaker Surname Variants Ranking

Rank Surname Match Census Frequency
1 Whittaker 89% 92,118
2 Whitaker 100% 68,451
3 Whitacre 63% 607
4 Whiteker 88% 348
5 Whiteaker 89% 243
6 Whitker 88% 107

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The surname Whitaker is the 2nd most popular variant of Whittaker.

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