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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • English and Scottish : habitational name from places in Lancashire, Northumberland, and East Lothian, originally named in Old English as Hwītingahām ‘homestead (Old English hām) of the people of Hwīta’, a byname meaning ‘white’.
  • Richand Whittingham and his son, also called Richard, brass founders from Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, came to New York City in 1791, where they established a successful business.

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