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  • Aaron Whitaker (c.1640 - 1713)
  • Abigail Parvin (1761 - 1795)
  • Abraham Whitaker (1702 - 1739)
  • Abraham Whittier of Marblehead (1609 - bef.1674)
    Abraham Whitaker / Whittier Birth[1][2][3][4] abt 1609 Death[1][2][3][4] Oct 1674 Manchester, Essex, Massachusetts, United States 1st unknown wife married circa 1639 2nd wife Mary married circ...
  • Ambrose Whitaker (1730 - 1796)
    A Patriot of the American Revolution for NEW JERSEY. DAR Ancestor # A124206 Ambrose and Lewis Whitacar were sons of Nathaniel Whitacar by his first wife Mary Abbot Dixon widow of Anthony Dixon and da...

About the Whitaker surname

Two possible etymologies for Whitaker or Whittaker:

(Locality). The north part of a graveyard allotted to the poor was called whittaker, from wite, a penalty, and acre,--a place of burial for criminals. A culprit who could not discharge the penalty or wite became a 'witetheow,' and was buried in the wite-acre. Bailey defines Whittaker 'the north-east part of a flat or shoal--the middle ground.'

Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.

English: habitational name from any of various places named with Old English hwit ‘white’ or hw?te ‘wheat’ + æcer ‘cultivated land’, as for example Whitaker in Lancashire and Whitacre in Warwickshire (both ‘white field’) or Whiteacre in Kent and Wheatacre in Norfolk (both ‘wheat field’).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4