Origins Available: English
The bearers of MacWhite 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 MacWhite family
The surname MacWhite 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the MacWhite family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacWhite research.Another 307 words (22 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 MacWhite History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacWhite Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the MacWhite 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... Another 90 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacWhite Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacWhite family to Ireland
Some of the MacWhite family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 177 words (13 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 MacWhite family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: 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.