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Where did the Irish White family come from? What is the Irish 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?

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, "bn," which means "white."

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

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.


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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.

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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.

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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


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


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


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

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, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale
  • Catherine White, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale
  • Ellen White, aged 26, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo


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


White Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John White landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1834 aboard the ship Murray
  • 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
  • Henry Bertram White landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840


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  • 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
  • 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
  • E White, American passenger from USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash on May 25, 1979
  • Shaun White (b. 1986), American snowboard Olympian who won two golds at the 2006 and 2010 games
  • Mrs. Ella White, (ne Holmes), aged 55, American First Class passenger from New York City, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 8
  • Mr. Richard Frasar White (d. 1912), aged 21, American First Class passenger from Brunswick, Maine who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett
  • Mr. Percival Wayland White (d. 1912), aged 54, American First Class passenger from Brunswick, Maine who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Fred White (1936-2013), American sportscaster

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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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  10. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
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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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