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Whyte History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: English-Alt , English , Irish , Scottish


The bearers of Whyte and its variants are generally thought to have come from the noble family of Le Blancs in Normandy, who traveled to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest. Although the name certainly came to Britain from Normandy, there is some speculation that it already existed in Britain prior to the conquest. The word "white" itself is derived from the Old English word "hwit." This name was most likely originally used as a nickname for a person with white hair or a pale complexion.


Early Origins of the Whyte family


The surname Whyte was first found in Durham, but we must look to South Warnborough in Southampton for one of the most interesting stories about the family. "The church is very ancient, with a fine Norman arch at the entrance; in the chancel is a curious monument to Sir Thomas White and his family. Tradition says that Queen Elizabeth, when residing at Odiham, rode over to the manor-house here, and after partaking of breakfast with the above-mentioned Thomas White, knighted him in his own saloon." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Early History of the Whyte family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whyte research.
Another 191 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1106, 1086, 1172, 1327, 1236, 1560, 1585, 1579, 1656, 1593, 1676, 1628, 1698, 1685, 1690, 1630, 1686, 1620, 1704, 1657, 1656, 1172 and are included under the topic Early Whyte History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Whyte Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: White, Whyte, Wight and others.

Early Notables of the Whyte family (pre 1700)


Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John White (c.1585), an English painter and cartographer who was sent to Roanoke Island (now in North Carolina) as artist, mapmaker, and later as governor; Andrew White (1579-1656), a Jesuit theology professor who went to Maryland as the head of a band of missionaries; Thomas White (1593-1676), an English Roman Catholic priest and scholar, known as a theologian, censured by the Inquisition; Thomas...
Another 70 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whyte Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Whyte family to Ireland


Some of the Whyte family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 114 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Whyte family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Whyte Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Whyte, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1813 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Nicholas Whyte, aged 30, who landed in St Louis, Missouri in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Frederich Whyte, aged 26, who arrived in St Louis, Missouri in 1842 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Joseph Whyte, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1845 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Agnes Bryson Whyte, who arrived in Georgia in 1853 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Whyte Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Whyte, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1848 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Forfarshire 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Forfarshire.htm
  • Mr. William Whyte, (b. 1830), aged 25, Cornish agricultural labourer departing from Plymouth on 21st October 1854 aboard the ship "Oithona" arriving in Portland, Victoria, Australia on 30th January 1855 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Whyte, (b. 1832), aged 23, Cornish settler departing from Plymouth on 21st October 1854 aboard the ship "Oithona" arriving in Portland, Victoria, Australia on 30th January 1855 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  • Mr. Thomas Whyte, (b. 1854), aged Infant, Cornish settler departing from Plymouth on 21st October 1854 aboard the ship "Oithona" arriving in Portland, Victoria, Australia on 30th January 1855 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  • William Whyte, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Telegraph"

Whyte Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Thomas Whyte, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Jura" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 23rd September 1858 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • Mr. Thomas Whyte, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Jura" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 23rd September 1858 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • Mrs. Whyte, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow with 5 children aboard the ship "Jura" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 23rd September 1858 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • Miss Elizabeth Whyte, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Jura" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 23rd September 1858 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • Mr. William Whyte, Scottish settler travelling from Leith aboard the ship 'Melbourne' arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 18th March 1861 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Whyte (post 1700)


  • Joe Whyte (b. 1961), American actor and voice actor
  • Scott Whyte (b. 1978), American actor
  • Ronald Melville Whyte (1941-1989), American playwright, critic, and disability rights activist
  • William Hollingsworth "Holly" Whyte (1917-1999), American urbanist, organizational analyst, journalist
  • Zack Whyte (1898-1967), American jazz bandleader
  • Samuel Whyte (1733-1811), English school-master and author, natural son of Captain Solomon Whyte, Deputy-Governor of the Tower of London [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 Jan. 2019
  • David Whyte (b. 1971), English former footballer
  • Alain Gordon Whyte (b. 1967), English guitarist, singer, and songwriter
  • Mr. Melvin Robert David Whyte M.B.E.,, British Corporal, recipient of Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  • Mr. Thomas Alxander Whyte M.B.E.,, British Corporal for Intelligence Corps, recipient of Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Whyte family



Empress of Ireland

  • Mrs. Mary Whyte (1886-1914), née Knox Canadian Second Class Passenger from New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  • Miss Jennie Whyte (1913-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html

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Citations


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FORFARSHIRE 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Forfarshire.htm
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 Jan. 2019
  7. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  8. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html


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