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Where did the English Satterwhite family come from? What is the English Satterwhite family crest and coat of arms? When did the Satterwhite family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Satterwhite family history?

The ancestors of the Satterwhite surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in the ancient chapelry of Satterthwaite found near Hawkeshead in Lancashire. This surname was originally derived from the Old English elements soetr meaning shield and pveit meaning pasture.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Satterwhite include Satterthwaite, Satherthwaite, Satterthwater and many more.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Satterwhite research. Another 230 words(16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Satterwhite History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Satterwhite Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Satterwhite Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • T. P. Satterwhite, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Bessie Satterwhite, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1911
  • Florence C. Satterwhite, aged 45, who settled in America, in 1911
  • Preston P. Satterwhite, who landed in America, in 1911
  • Arthur B. Satterwhite, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States, in 1920

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  • John Satterwhite, American former Olympic shooter and World Championship skeet shooter


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The Satterwhite Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Satterwhite Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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