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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."
The surname Whittlesey 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.
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 and printed products wherever possible.
Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whittlesey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Whittlesey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
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.
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.