White History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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."

Early Origins of the White family

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.

Important Dates for the White family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our White research. Another 126 words (9 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.

White Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the White family (pre 1700)

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White migration to the United States

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, who arrived in New England in 1634 [1]
  • William White, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Charles White, aged 18, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Ellin White, aged 26, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [1]
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White Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • George White, who landed in North Carolina in 1701 [1]
  • Abigail White, who landed in North Carolina in 1701 [1]
  • Adam White, who arrived in Virginia in 1703 [1]
  • Dennis White, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [1]
  • Ellinor White, who landed in Barbados in 1738 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
White Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alice White, aged 50, who landed in New York, NY in 1804 [1]
  • Catherine White, aged 22, who arrived in New York, NY in 1804 [1]
  • Eleanor White, aged 18, who arrived in New York, NY in 1804 [1]
  • Donald White, who arrived in North Carolina in 1811 [1]
  • Archibald White, aged 36, who landed in Maine in 1812 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

White migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

White Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Peter White, who settled in Witless Bay, Newfoundland in 1676 [2]
White Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Arthur White, who arrived in Ferryland, Newfoundland in 1706 [2]
  • 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 [3]
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White Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Margaret White, who settled in Quebec in 1829
  • Elijah D White, who landed in Canada in 1831
  • Michael White, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • Catherine White, aged 24, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • Ellen White, aged 26, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
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White migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

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 [4]
  • Thomas White, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • John White, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Thomas White, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • William White, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
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White migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

White Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John White, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1834 aboard the ship Murray
  • W White, who landed in Hokianga, New Zealand in 1834
  • Henry White, who landed in Hokianga, New Zealand in 1839
  • Francis White, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • George White, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Aurora
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Contemporary Notables of the name White (post 1700)

  • Byron Raymond "Whizzer" White (1917-2002), American Rhodes Scholar, associate justice of the Supreme Court, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom [7]
  • Elwyn Brooks "E.B." White (1899-1985), American essayist/children's novelist awarded a special citation in 1978 by the Pulitzer Prize board and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Tony Joe White (1943-2018), American singer-songwriter and guitarist, best known for his 1969 hit "Polk Salad Annie" and for "Rainy Night in Georgia"
  • Leon Allen White (1955-2018), better known by his ring name Big Van Vader, or simply Vader, an American professional wrestler
  • Verdine White (b. 1951), American musician, best known as the bassist for Earth, Wind & Fire
  • Hayden White (1928-2018), American historian, best known his work Metahistory: The Historical Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Europe (1973)
  • Lari Michele White (1965-2018), birth name of Lari White Cannon, American country music artist and actress
  • Joseph Henry "Jo Jo" White (1946-2018), American professional NBA basketball player, two-time gold medalist, inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015
  • John Patrick White (1937-2017), American university professor and politician, United States Deputy Secretary of Defense (1995-1997), Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness (1977-1978)
  • Mark Wells White Jr. (1940-2017), American politician and lawyer, 43rd Governor of Texas (1983-1987), 46th Attorney General of Texas (1979-1983), 74th Secretary of State of Texas (1973-1977)
  • ... (Another 55 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the White family

Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. Emery S White (b. 1957), American Staff Sergeant from Clarksville, Tennessee, USA who died in the crash [8]
Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. John Bell White, British 7th Engineer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [9]
  • Mr. Henry White, British Trimmer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [9]
  • 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 [9]
  • 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 [9]
  • 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 [9]
  • ... (Another 1 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Flight 191
  • E White, American passenger from USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash [10]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. James  White (1854-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the explosion but later died due to injuries [11]
  • Mr. Joseph  White (1854-1917), Canadian resident from Richmond, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the explosion but later died due to injuries [11]
  • Miss Gladys Frances  White (1912-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [11]
  • Miss Marcella  White (1912-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [11]
  • Mrs. Susie  White (1885-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [11]
  • ... (Another 2 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
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 and died in the sinking [12]
  • Mr. Hans James Leo White (1921-1941), Australian Signalman from Croxton, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [12]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Harry White (b. 1922), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [13]
  • 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 and died in the sinking [13]
  • Mr. Arthur White (b. 1918), English Wireman serving for the Royal Navy from Hockley, Essex, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [13]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. William W White, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [14]
  • Mr. William E White, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [14]
  • Mr. W T White, British Gunner, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [14]
  • Mr. Alec F White, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [14]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Phillip A. White, British Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [15]
  • George R. White, British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [15]
  • Frank White, British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [15]
  • William Raymond White (1920-1939), British Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [15]
  • Joseph White (1909-1939), British Leading Stoker with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [15]
  • ... (Another 4 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
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 [16]
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 [17]
  • 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 [17]
  • Mr. Alfred White (d. 1912), aged 32, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [17]
  • 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 [17]
  • 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 [17]
  • ... (Another 3 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Thomas A. White, American Boatswain's Mate Second Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [18]
  • Mr. Volmer Dowin White, American Seaman First Class from Mississippi, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [18]
  • Mr. Charles William White, American Musician Second Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [18]
  • Mr. James Clifton White, American Fireman First Class from Texas, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [18]
  • Mr. Vernon Russell White, American Seaman First Class from South Carolina, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [18]

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Citations

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  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  7. ^ Byron White. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Byron White. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byron_White
  8. ^ American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=317&MemID=550
  9. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  10. ^ Flight 191's Victims - latimes. (Retrieved 2014, April 16) . Retrieved from http://articles.latimes.com/1985-08-04/news/mn-4349_1_fort-lauderdale-area
  11. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  12. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  13. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  14. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  15. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  16. ^ Pan Am Flight 103's victims: A list of those killed 25 years ago | syracuse.com. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/12/pan_am_flight_103s_victims_a_list_of_those_killed_25_years_ago.html
  17. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  18. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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