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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Widener

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  1. Any device used to widen something; especially a drill designed to produce a hole greater than its own diameter

Notable Persons With the Last Name Widener

Jeff Widener is a photographer. Jeff was born on August 11th, 1956 in Long Beach, California.


George Dunton Widener was a businessman. George was born as the child of Peter Arrell Brown Widener on June 16th, 1861 in Philadelphia. He died on April 15th, 1912.


Harry Elkins Widener was a businessman and book collector. Harry was born on January 3rd, 1885 in Philadelphia. He died on April 15th, 1912.


Peter Arrell Brown Widener was a businessman, art collector, and philanthropist. Peter was born on November 13th, 1834. They left this life on November 6th, 1915.


Eleanor was given the name Eleanore Elkins by her parent William Lukens Elkins in 21 in Philadelphia. She died on July 13th, 1937.


Joseph Early Widener was a businessman, horseman, art collector, philanthropist, and private collection. Joseph was born as the child of Peter Arrell Brown Widener on August 19th, 1871 in Philadelphia. He passed away on October 26th, 1943.


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Popularity of Widener as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Widener U.S.
  White 93.47% 64.26%
  African American 2.01% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.31% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.64% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.63% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.94% 16.26%

Of Last Name Widener

People with the last name Widener are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Widener

  • How Popular is the name Widener? As a last name Widener was the 6,250th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Widener first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Widener is Friday, July 23rd, 1909.
  • How unique is the name Widener? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Widener. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Widener: Your name in reverse order is Renediw. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Wiedenr. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Widener? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 5,464 people with the last name Widener.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Widener? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Widener as their last name.

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