Withrow last name popularity, history, and meaning

Find out how popular the last name Withrow is in the United States and learn more about the meaning, history, and race and ethnic origin of people in America who are named Withrow.

Meaning of Withrow

A topographic surname referring to someone who lived near a row of willow trees.

Withrow, like all of the last names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Withrow surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Withrow in America

Withrow is the 4302nd most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Withrow surname appeared 8,262 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 people would have the surname Withrow.

We can also compare 2010 data for Withrow to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 4302 3947 8.61%
Count 8,262 8,268 -0.07%
Proportion per 100k 2.80 3.06 -8.87%

The history of the last name Withrow

The surname Withrow originated in England during the medieval period. It is believed to have derived from the Old English words "with" meaning "willow" and "row" meaning "a row or line of trees." Thus, the name likely referred to someone who lived near or by a row of willow trees.

The earliest recorded spelling of the name appears to be Wydderowe, found in the Feet of Fines records of Norfolk in 1275. Other early spellings include Wydderowe (1286), Wydderow (1316), and Wydderowes (1327). These variations in spelling were common during the Middle Ages before English orthography became standardized.

One of the earliest known bearers of the name was John Wydderow, who was mentioned in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1327. Another early record is that of Richard Wytherowe, listed in the Court Rolls of the Manor of Wakefield in Yorkshire in 1379.

The Withrow name has been associated with various places in England, including Withrow in Somerset and Withrow Hill in Oxfordshire. These place names likely derived from the same Old English roots as the surname.

Notable individuals with the surname Withrow include:

  1. James Withrow (1844-1919), an American Presbyterian minister and author from Ohio.
  2. John Withrow (1792-1867), a Canadian farmer and political figure who served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada.
  3. Thomas Withrow (1804-1861), an American lawyer and politician who served as a U.S. Representative from Virginia.
  4. William Beatty Withrow (1839-1908), a Canadian clergyman and author who wrote several historical works on Canada.
  5. James Renwick Withrow (1854-1938), a Canadian Presbyterian minister and author, known for his works on Canadian history and literature.

The Withrow surname has been found in various regions of England, particularly in the counties of Yorkshire, Norfolk, and Somerset, where it has been recorded since the 13th century. Over time, the name has spread to other parts of the British Isles and beyond, carried by individuals and families who emigrated to North America, Australia, and other parts of the world.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Withrow

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Withrow.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups:

  1. White only
  2. Black only
  3. American Indian and Alaskan Native only
  4. Asian and Pacific Islander only
  5. Hispanic
  6. Two or More Races

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Withrow was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 91.53% 7,562
Non-Hispanic Black Only 3.21% 265
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.51% 42
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.61% 50
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 2.05% 169
Hispanic Origin 2.11% 174

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Withrow has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 91.53% 92.72% -1.29%
Black 3.21% 3.18% 0.94%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.51% 0.37% 31.82%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.61% 0.73% -17.91%
Two or More Races 2.05% 1.44% 34.96%
Hispanic 2.11% 1.56% 29.97%

Data source

The last name data and ethnic breakdown of last names is sourced directly from the Decennial Census survey, conducted every 10 years by the United States Census Bureau.

The history and meaning of the name Withrow was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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