Whit name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Whit

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Whit
The smallest part or particle imaginable; a bit; a jot; an iota; -- generally used in an adverbial phrase in a negative sentence.

Etymology: OE. wight wiht, AS. wiht a creature, a thing. See Wight, and cf. Aught Naught

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A tiny or scarcely detectable amount

From Middle English, from Old English wiht (“wight, person, creature, being, whit, thing, something, anything”), from Proto-Germanic *wihtą (“thing, creature”) or Proto-Germanic *wihtiz (“essence, object”), from Proto-Indo-European *wekti- (“cause, sake, thing”), from Proto-Indo-European *wekʷ- (“to say, tell”). Cognate with Old High German wiht (“creature, thing”), Dutch wicht, German Wicht. See also wight.

  1. The smallest part or particle imaginable; an iota.
    He worked tirelessly to collect and wind a ball of string eight feet around, and it matters not one .

whit was also found in the following language(s): Middle English and Scots

Notable Persons Named Whit

Notable Persons Named Whit

Whit Stillman

Whit Stillman is a screenwriter and film director. His most notable accomplishments were from 1973 to 1973. Whit was given the name John Whitney Stillman on January 25th, 1952 in Washington, D.C.

Whit Bissell

Whit Bissell was an actor. He was most active from 1940 to 1984. Whit was given the name Whitner Nutting Bissell on October 25th, 1909 in New York City, New York, U.S. He died on March 5th, 1996.

Whit Merrifield

Whit Merrifield is a baseball player for the Kansas City Royals. Whit was born on January 24th, 1989 in Advance, North Carolina.

Whit Hertford

Whit Hertford is an actor, director, writer, and voice actor. He was most active from 1985 to 1985. Whit is also known as Whitby Hertford.

Whit Burnett

Whit was born in 1900. He died in 1972.

Whit Johnson

Whit Johnson is a journalism and journalist. Whit was given the name Whitney C. Johnson on June 28th, 1973 in San Francisco.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Whit

Notable Persons With the Last Name Whit

Edward "Eddie" Whit


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Whit U.S.
  White 59.73% 64.26%
  African American 28.96% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.62% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.98% 16.26%

Of Last Name Whit

People with the last name Whit are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Whit

  • How Popular is the name Whit? Whit is the 11,342nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Whit was the 84,748th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Whit have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 937 babies born with the first name Whit in the United States. That's more than enough people named Whit to occupy the country of Vatican City with an estimated population of 800 (as of March 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Whit? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1881 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Whit first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Whit is Saturday, April 16th, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Whit born? The highest recorded use of the first name Whit was in 2019 with a total of 36 babies.
  • Random Whit Factoid: According to the 2018 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Whit is not a popular baby boy's name in Kansas. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Kansas have the same name in 2018.
  • Weird things about the name Whit: The name spelled backwards is Tihw. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Wthi. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Whit? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 221 people with the last name Whit.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Whit? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Whit as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.4m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
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