Whitworth Name Origin, Meaning and Family History

Whitworth Name Meaning: A habitational name from several places named 'Whitworth'.Old English hwita 'white + woro 'enclosure'.

Whitworth means the 'white wood' and could represent somebody from a 'birch forest'. THE most famous name in British Engineering, it being impossible to manufacture any product without the use of the Whitworth measurement and Whitworth steel, created by Sir Joseph Whitworth,1803-1887.

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Surname Distribution

Census frequency by county

Name Concentrations Within England and Wales

Whitworth Surname Statistics

Top Professions for the Whitworth family

Profession Census Frequency
Agricultural Labourer 61
Cotton Weaver 58
Female Servant 57
Independent 50
Weaver 44
Labourer 32
Farmer 26
Cotton Spinner 20
Woollen Weaver 19
Tailor 16
Male Servant 13
Cotton Piecer 13
Shoe Maker 13
Joiner 11
Shop Keeper 11
Dress Maker 10
Woollen Spinner 10
Blacksmith 9
Engineer 8
Hatter 7
Carpenter 7
Coal Miner 7
Spinner 7
Dyer 7
Cotton Winder 6

Whitworth Surname Variants Ranking

Rank Surname Match Census Frequency
1 Whitworth 100% 32,287
2 Whiteworth 90% 3,161
3 Witworth 89% 597

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