Whittaker Name Origin, Meaning and Family History

Whittaker Name Meaning: An Anglo-Saxon name taken from the the words 'hwit' meaning 'white' and 'aecer' meaning cultivated land/field'.

A name given to someone who worked or owned wheat fields or areas of land for cultivation. The surname may have also been taken from a place of a similar name.

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Surname Distribution

Census frequency by county

Name Concentrations Within England and Wales

Whittaker Surname Statistics

Top Professions for the Whittaker family

Profession Census Frequency
Cotton Weaver 135
Weaver 94
Female Servant 88
Independent 82
Labourer 82
Agricultural Labourer 76
Farmer 73
Silk Weaver 53
Cotton Spinner 37
Cotton Piecer 35
Male Servant 35
Shoe Maker 26
Power Loom Weaver 24
Hatter 21
Butcher 19
Coal Miner 18
Brick Layer 17
Mechanic 17
Tailor 16
Joiner 16
Grocer 15
Publican 13
Calico Printer 13
Apprentice 12
Blacksmith 11

Whittaker Surname Variants Ranking

Rank Surname Match Census Frequency
1 Whittaker 100% 92,118
2 Whitaker 89% 68,451
3 Whitacre 56% 607
4 Whiteaker 89% 243
5 Whitetaker 90% 188
6 Whitteker 89% 179

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The surname Whittaker is the most popular version of all its varients

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