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Gender: Male Meaning of Whitman: "white man" Origin of Whitman: English

The name Whitman is a boy's name of English origin meaning "white man". Whitman and is often added to lists like Cool Winter Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Picky Parents BNG".

From the experts:

Whitman, a namesake surname for poet Walt, would be much more suited to a boy, probably because of that "man" part. Whit or Witt makes an uplifting short form which can be used on its own.

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Famous People Named Whitman

Whitman G. Ferrin, American attorney and politician from Vermont
(Percy) Whitman Knapp. U.S. federal judge who led a far-reaching investigation into corruption in the New York City Police Department from 1970 to 1972.
Whitman Blount Mayo, American actor
Walt Whitman, American poet

Pop Culture References for the name Whitman

Lana Del Rey's song, "Body Electric". She references him by saying "Whitman is my daddy".


Christopher D. Cunningham Says:


My one year old has this name. He has grown into it well. So far we haven't noticed any common misspellings or mispronunciations. Family and friends quickly took to calling him "wit" or "witty."

RCoyer Says:


Love that this name is unique as a first name but not odd. Walt Whitman is one of my favorite poets and Mad Men (Jon Hamm= Don Draper= Dick Whitman) was one of the first shows my husband and I enjoyed watching together when we were first dating. Our other son is William and I like the pairing of Will and Whit// will and wit.