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

The name Whited is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was a name for someone who was a whitehaired or fair-haired person. The surname Whited is derived from the Old English words hwit, which means white, and heafod, which means head. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

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Whited has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Whitehedd, Whited, Whitehead, Whytehead and others.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, both before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whited research. Another 161 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1300, 1523, 1537, 1629, 1609, 1625, 1594, 1663, 1628, 1653, 1629, 1684 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Whited History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 143 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whited Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Whited family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 53 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Whiteds to arrive on North American shores:

Whited Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Floyd Whited, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Minnie Whited, aged 25, who settled in America, in 1909
  • Marie Whited, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Esther Whited, aged 63, who landed in America, in 1913
  • William D. Whited, aged 63, who landed in America, in 1913


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  • Marvin Eugene Whited (b. 1918), American football guard in the National Football League
  • Edward Morris Whited (b. 1964), former American Major League Baseball third baseman
  • Master Chief Quartermaster Robert J. Whited, U.S. Navy Leading Chief for the staff and a member of Operations Division during Operation Deep Freeze 1968 and 1969, eponym of Whited Inlet, Antarctica


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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: Dum spiro spero
Motto Translation: While I have breath I hope.

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The Whited Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Whited 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.

This page was last modified on 23 May 2013 at 14:02.

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