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Origins Available: English, Irish, Scottish


The distinguished surname Whittlesey 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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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 Whittlesey 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 Whittlesey 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 Whittlesey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Whittlesey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Augusta M. Whittlesey, who emigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • Caroline Whittlesey, aged 58, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Mrs. H. C. Whittlesey, who settled in America, in 1908
  • Frances C. Whittlesey, aged 68, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Jeannie Whittlesey, aged 50, who landed in America, in 1910


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  • William Augustus Whittlesey (1796-1866), U.S. Representative from Ohio
  • Thomas Tucker Whittlesey (1798-1868), U.S. Representative from Connecticut
  • Charles Frederick Whittlesey (1867-1941), American architect
  • Charles Whittlesey (1808-1886), American soldier, geologist and an investigator of mounds relics
  • Colonel Charles White Whittlesey (1884-1921), American Medal of Honor recipient
  • Frederick Whittlesey (1799-1851), U.S. Representative from New York
  • Elisha Whittlesey (1783-1863), American lawyer, civil servant and U.S. Representative from Ohio
  • Faith Ryan Whittlesey (b. 1939), former American Republican politician and White House Senior Staff member
  • William Whittlesey (d. 1374), English Bishop of Rochester, then Bishop of Worcester, then finally Archbishop of Canterbury


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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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  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
  10. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Whittlesey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Whittlesey 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 12 December 2011 at 16:37.

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