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The name Whitaker has a long Anglo-Saxon
heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in one of a number of similarly-named places. The settlement of Wheatacre is in Norfolk
, while Whiteacre in Waltham is in Kent; both of these names literally mean wheat-field.
The place named Whitacre is in Warwickshire
, while High Whitaker is in Lancashire; these names both mean white field.
The surname Whitaker belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
The surname Whitaker was first found in Warwickshire
where the first record of the name was of Johias Whitacre (1042-1066), who died while fighting at the Battle of Hastings on the side of King Harold. Despite the fact he was on the losing side of the battle, his family were permitted to keep their estates there. The place names Whitacre, Over Whitacre and Nether Whitacre were listed in the Domesday Book
as Witacre and literally meant "white cultivated land" from the Old English words "hwit" + "aecer." 
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Whitaker have been found, including Whittaker, Whittakers, Whitaker, Whitacre and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whitaker research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1375, 1548, 1595, 1586, 1580, 1646, 1640, 1622, 1695, 1659, 1661, 1679, 1642, 1715, 1695, 1696, 1701, 1702, 1660, 1735 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Whitaker History in all our PDF Extended History products
Another 291 words (21 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whitaker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
Some of the Whitaker family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 39 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Whitaker, or a variant listed above:
Whitaker Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Alexander Whitaker, who landed in Virginia in 1617
- Mary Whitaker, who landed in Virginia in 1622
- George Whitaker settled in Virginia in 1638
- Georg Whitaker, who landed in Virginia in 1638
- Elizabeth Whitaker, who arrived in Maryland in 1678
Whitaker Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Avis Whitaker, who landed in Virginia in 1721
- Phineas Whitaker, who landed in Virginia in 1724
- Nathaniel Whitaker, who arrived in Maryland in 1741-1742
- David Whitaker landed in America in 1766
Whitaker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Whitaker, aged 27, landed in New York in 1812
- Samuel Whitaker, who arrived in New York in 1824
- William Whitaker, who landed in Texas in 1835
- James Whitaker, aged 44, arrived in Harford County, Maryland in 1837
- Anthony Whitaker, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850
Whitaker Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- James Whitaker, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
Whitaker Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- F Whitaker landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1839
- Richard Whitaker arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
- John Whitaker, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Resolute" in 1865
- Edward Whitaker arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mary Shepherd" in 1870
- George Whitaker, aged 23, a wagon maker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1874
- William Whitaker, American politician, Delegate to Texas Consultation of 1835 from District of Nacogdoches, 1835
- William Whitaker, American Democrat politician, Supervisor of Romulus Township, Michigan; Elected 1880
- Wesley Whitaker, American politician, Mayor of Raleigh, North Carolina, 1872-74
- W. P. Whitaker, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Idaho 2nd District, 1920, 1922
- Valmore A. Whitaker, American politician, Mayor of North Adams, Massachusetts, 1902-03
- Toleitha Whitaker, American Republican politician, Member of Missouri Republican State Committee, 1967
- T. C. Whitaker, American Democrat politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Jones County, 1921-22
- Sally Whitaker, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 1944
- Samuel Estill Whitaker (b. 1886), American Democrat politician, Judge of U.S. Court of Claims, 1939-64
- Robin L. Whitaker, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Delaware, 2008
- Dr. John McCaa of Camden, South Carolina, 1793-1859, His Descendants by John McCaa.
- Genealogy: Spaid, Anderson, Whitacre, and a Number of Allied Families by Raul Purcell Anderson.
- Higdon-Whitaker and Allied Families by Bettina Pearson Higdon.
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:
Spes et fidesMotto Translation:
Hope and faith.
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- Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
- Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
- Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
- Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
- MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
The Whitaker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Whitaker 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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