Applewhite History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The roots of the Anglo-Saxon name Applewhite come from when the family resided in the township of Applethwaite, which was in the parish of Windermere in Westmorland (now part of Cumbria). There were also places with this name in Cumberland and in Suffolk, where the first instances of the surname Applewhite were found. In Old English, applethwaite meant an apple orchard or an area of land cleared for growing apples.
Early Origins of the Applewhite family
The surname Applewhite was first found in the county of Suffolk in south eastern England. The Applethwaites were found in Suffolk from very ancient times and sustained the Norman Conquest in 1066, retaining their lands and estates.
Early History of the Applewhite family
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Applewhite Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Applewhite has been recorded under many different variations, including Applethwaite, Applewhite, Applewaite, Applewait, Apelwhite, Eppelwhite, Epplethwaite and many more.
Early Notables of the Applewhite family (pre 1700)
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Applewhite migration to the United States +
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Applewhite or a variant listed above:
Applewhite Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Applewhite who arrived in Maryland in 1676
- Thomas Applewhite, who arrived in Maryland in 1676 
- Mrs. Applewhite who is recorded as arriving in Barbados in 1679 later moved to the mainland
Applewhite Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Henry Applewhite, who landed in Virginia in 1713 
Contemporary Notables of the name Applewhite (post 1700) +
- Ashton Applewhite, American writer based in Brooklyn, New York
- James Applewhite (b. 1935), American poet, and Professor Emeritus in creative writing at Duke University
- Major Lee Applewhite (b. 1978), American football coach and former player
- Antwan Applewhite (b. 1985), American NFL football player
Related Stories +
- ^ 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)