Last name origins & meanings:
- English: occupational name for a white-leather dresser, from Middle
English whit ‘white’ + taw(i)er ‘tawer’ (from an agent
derivative of Middle English taw(en) ‘to prepare’).
- John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–92), poet and active opponent of
slavery, was descended from Thomas Whittier, who came to MA from
England in 1638.
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