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The distinguished surname White came from England to Ireland in several different waves, beginning with the Anglo- Norman invasion of the 12th century. As an Irish name, this name has been used as a translation of various Gaelic names incorporating the Gaelic word, "bán," which means "white."

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The surname White was first found in Ireland after the Anglo- Norman invasion of the 12th century, when Walter Whyte is known to have come to Ireland with 'Strongbow'. The earliest bearers of this name settled mostly in counties Down and Sligo (Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht in Northwestern Ireland, where their names became MacWhite, MacFaoitigh, de Faoite and the like.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Whyte, Wight, Whight, White, MacWhite, MacFaoitigh and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our White research. Another 260 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1213, 1414, 1572, 1575, 1584, 1648, 1738, 1820, 1835, 1863, and 1893 are included under the topic Early White History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early White Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

White Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William White and his wife Susannah, who immigrated to Plymouth in 1620 with their sons Resolve and Peregrine (the latter born in Cape Cod Harbour on board the Mayflower in 1620, thus becoming the first child of English descent born in New England)
  • Anthony White, aged 27, arrived in New England in 1634
  • William White, who came to Virginia in 1635
  • Charles White, aged 18, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Ellin White, aged 26, arrived in Virginia in 1635
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White Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • George White, who landed in North Carolina in 1701
  • Abigail White, who landed in North Carolina in 1701
  • Adam White, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Dennis White, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Ellinor White, who landed in Barbados in 1738
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White Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alice White, aged 50, landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • Catherine White, aged 22, arrived in New York, NY in 1804
  • Eleanor White, aged 18, arrived in New York, NY in 1804
  • Donald White, who arrived in North Carolina in 1811
  • Archibald White, aged 36, landed in Maine in 1812
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White Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Peter White, who settled in Witless Bay, Newfoundland in 1676

White Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Arthur White, who arrived in Ferryland, Newfoundland in 1706
  • Ann White, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Elizabeth White, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mary White, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Mr. Amos White U.E. who settled in Bell Vue, Beaver Harbor, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783
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White Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Margaret White, who came to Quebec in 1829
  • Elijah D White, who landed in Canada in 1831
  • Michael White, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • Catherine White, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • Ellen White, aged 26, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
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White Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John White, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Thomas White, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John White, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • Thomas White, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • William White, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
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White Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John White landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1834 aboard the ship Murray
  • W White landed in Hokianga, New Zealand in 1834
  • Henry White landed in Hokianga, New Zealand in 1839
  • Francis White landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • George White landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Aurora
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  • Byron Raymond "Whizzer" White (1917-2002), American Rhodes Scholar, associate justice of the Supreme Court, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Don White (1926-2016), American stock car racing driver, USAC Stock Car Champion in 1963 and 1967
  • Nera D. White (1935-2016), American gold medalist basketball player at the 1957 FIBA World Championship for Women, inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
  • Maurice White (1941-2016), American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, arranger, founder of the band Earth, Wind & Fire, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame
  • Robert Mayer "Bob" White (1923-2015), American meteorologist, 1st Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (1970-1977), awarded the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement in 1992
  • James L. White (1947-2015), American BAFTA Award nominated screenwriter, best known for his original screenplay for the 2004 film, Ray
  • Shaun White (b. 1986), American snowboard Olympian who won two golds at the 2006 and 2010 games
  • Fred White (1936-2013), American sportscaster
  • David Patillo White (1828-1903), American shape note singing teacher, composer
  • Theodore Harold White (1915-1986), American political journalist, historian, and novelist awarded the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction
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White Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. John Bell White, British 7th Engineer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Henry White, British Trimmer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mrs. Mary Ann White (1861-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Guelph, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Miss Jessie White (1901-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Guelph, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Miss Alma May White (1893-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from London, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
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Flight 191

  • E White, American passenger from USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash on May 25, 1979

Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. James  White (1854-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries
  • Mr. Joseph  White (1854-1917), Canadian resident from Richmond, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries
  • Miss Gladys Frances  White (1912-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Miss Marcella  White (1912-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Susie  White (1885-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
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HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Robert George White (1919-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Hans James Leo White (1921-1941), Australian Signalman from Croxton, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Harry White (b. 1922), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Edward H White (b. 1910), English Petty Officer Telegraphist serving for the Royal Navy from Newport, Isle of Wight, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Arthur White (b. 1918), English Wireman serving for the Royal Navy from Hockley, Essex, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. William W White, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. William E White, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. W T White, British Gunner, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Alec F White, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)

  • Jonathan White (1955-1988), American Accountant from North Hollywood, California, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died

RMS Titanic

  • Mr Edward Joseph White (d. 1912), aged 27, English Glory Hole Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett
  • Mr. L. White (d. 1912), aged 32, English First Class Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Alfred White (d. 1912), aged 32, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Frank Leonard White (d. 1912), aged 28, English Leading Fireman from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. William George White, aged 23, English Greaser from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 4
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  • The Ancestors of Daniel White, 1777-1836 and His Wife, Sarah Ford by Paula Porter Griffin.
  • Ancestral Chronological Record of the William White Family, from 1607-8 to 1895 By Thomas and Samuel Whit.
  • Family Ties of Roy Harold Murray: Ancestors and Descendants of the Murray, White, Waybright Families by Miriam Adams Cloud Murray.
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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: Echel agus coruic
Motto Translation: The axle and coryg.

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    Other References

    1. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    2. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    3. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    4. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
    5. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    8. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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    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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