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  • How many people with the first name White have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 31 babies born with the first name White in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named White? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1900 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was White first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name White is Saturday, May 31st, 1879.
  • What year had the most people named White born? The highest recorded use of the first name White was in 1914 with a total of 11 babies.
  • Weird things about the name White: Your name in reverse order is Etihw. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Hetwi. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name White? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 660,491 people with the last name White.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of White? White was ranked as the 24th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!
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Popularity of White as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity White U.S.
  White 65.51% 64.26%
  African American 28.17% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.49% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.07% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.38% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.38% 16.26%

Of Last Name White

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

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "White" mean? The list below shows the origins of White as well as things modernly associated with the name White such as celebrities named White.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective White
  1. Reflecting to the eye all the rays of the spectrum combined; not tinted with any of the proper colors or their mixtures; having the color of pure snow; snowy; -- the opposite of black or dark; as, white paper; a white skin."Pearls white." [Chaucer.]"White as the whitest lily on a stream." [Longfellow.]
  2. Destitute of color, as in the cheeks, or of the tinge of blood color; pale; pallid; as, white with fear."Or whispering with white lips, “The foe! They come! they come!”" [Byron.]
  3. Having the color of purity; free from spot or blemish, or from guilt or pollution; innocent; pure." White as thy fame, and as thy honor clear." [Dryden.]"No whiter page than Addison's remains." [Pope.]
  4. Gray, as from age; having silvery hair; hoary."Your high engendered battles 'gainst a head So old and white as this." [Shak.]
  5. Characterized by freedom from that which disturbs, and the like; fortunate; happy; favorable."On the whole, however, the dominie reckoned this as one of the white days of his life." [Sir W. Scott.]
  6. Regarded with especial favor; favorite; darling."Come forth, my white spouse." [Chaucer.]"I am his white boy, and will not be gullet." [Ford.]

Note: White is used in many self-explaining compounds, as white-backed, white-bearded, white-footed.

Etymology: OE. whit, AS. hwīt; akin to OFries. and OS. hwīt, D. wit, G. weiss, OHG. wīz hwīz, Icel. hvītr, Sw. hvit, Dan. hvid, Goth. hweits, Lith. szveisti, to make bright, Russ. sviet' light, Skr. çvēta white, çvit to be bright. √42. Cf. Wheat Whitsunday

noun White
  1. The color of pure snow; one of the natural colors of bodies, yet not strictly a color, but a composition of all colors; the opposite of black; whiteness. See the Note under Color (n.), 1."Finely attired in a of white." [Shak.]
  2. Something having the color of snow; something white, or nearly so; as, the white of the eye.
  3. Specifically, the central part of the butt in archery, which was formerly painted white; the center of a mark at which a missile is shot."'T was I won the wager, though you hit the white." [Shak.]
  4. A person with a white skin; a member of the white, or Caucasian, races of men.
  5. A white pigment; as, Venice white .
  6. [Zoöl] Any one of numerous species of butterflies belonging to Pieris, and allied genera in which the color is usually white. See Cabbage butterfly, under Cabbage.
verb White
To make white; to whiten; to whitewash; to bleach.

Etymology: AS. hwītan

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. (usually in the plural) trousers made of flannel or gabardine or tweed or white cloth
  2. (board games) the lighter pieces
  3. The quality or state of the achromatic color of greatest lightness (bearing the least resemblance to black)
  4. The white part of an egg; the nutritive and protective gelatinous substance surrounding the yolk consisting mainly of albumin dissolved in water ("she separated the whites from the yolks of several eggs")
  5. A tributary of the Mississippi River that flows southeastward through northern Arkansas and southern Missouri
  6. A Caucasian
  7. United States educator who in 1865 (with Ezra Cornell) founded Cornell University and served as its first president (1832-1918)
  8. United States writer noted for his humorous essays (1899-1985)
  9. United States architect (1853-1906)
  10. United States political journalist (1915-1986)
  11. Australian writer (1912-1990)
  12. United States jurist appointed chief justice of the United States Supreme Court in 1910 by President Taft; noted for his work on antitrust legislation (1845-1921)
  13. Turn white ("This detergent will whiten your laundry")
  14. Of or belonging to a racial group having light skin coloration ("voting patterns within the white population")
  15. Of summer nights in northern latitudes where the sun barely sets ("white nights")
  16. Being of the achromatic color of maximum lightness; having little or no hue owing to reflection of almost all incident light ("as white as fresh snow" and "a bride's white dress")
  17. Anemic looking from illness or emotion ("lips white with terror" and "a face white with rage")
  18. (of hair) having lost its color ("the white hairs of old age")
  19. (of coffee) having cream or milk added
  20. (of a surface) not written or printed on ("wide white margins")
  21. Benevolent; without malicious intent ("that's white of you")
  22. Glowing white with heat ("white flames" and "a white-hot center of the fire")
  23. Restricted to whites only ("under segregation there were even white restrooms and white drinking fountains" and "a lily-white movement which would expel Negroes from the organization")
  24. Marked by the presence of snow ("a white Christmas" and "the white hills of a northern winter")
  25. Free from moral blemish or impurity; unsullied ("in shining white armor")

From Middle English hwit (“white”), as a nickname for someone with white hair or pale complexion; in some cases from a personal name of the same meaning. In Scotland and Ireland, used as a translation of several Gaelic names containing the element bán or fionn.

  1. A common surname​.

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Betty White

Betty White is an actress, comedian, writer, and singer. She has had major accomplishments since 1939. Betty was given the name Betty Marion White on January 17th, 1922 in Oak Park, Illinois, U.S. Betty is also known as Betty White Ludden.


Jack White

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Dana White

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What does the name White mean?

Wis for willing, to go the extra mile

His for honor, your most valuable possession.

Iis for impartial, a great arbiter

Tis for treasure, of your friendship.

Eis for empathy, and your consideration for the feelings of others

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