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Where did the Scottish White family come from? What is the Scottish White family crest and coat of arms? When did the White family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the White family history?From the historical and enchanting region of Scotland emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished White family. Originally, the Scottish people were known only by a single name. Scottish surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name White is a nickname type of surname for a pale or fair haired person. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word "hwit," meaning "white."
Spelling variations of this family name include: White, Whyte, Wight and others.
First found in at Coldingham, a village in Berwickshire, where "Uuiaett Hwite" witnessed King Eadgar's charter of Coldingham, sometime between the years 1097 and 1107. It appears the name may have actually predated the Norman invasion as Old English personal names such as "Huita, Huuita, Hwita" are known to have predated 1066. One Old English charter dated before 925 (the Cartularium Saxonica), there is a "Wulfnoo hwita" listed. Whyte was also used as an Anglicized form of the Gaelic MacGhillebhain. By the mid 12th century, however, most of the bearers of this name in Scotland were of Norman descent. They held a family seat from very early times.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our White research. Another 339 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1236, 1376, 1426, and 1658 are included under the topic Early White History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early White Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the White family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 110 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
White Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
White Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
White Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Labore parta
Motto Translation: Acquired by work.
The White Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The White 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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