Show ContentsSatterwhite History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Satterwhite surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in the ancient chapelry of Satterthwaite found near Hawkeshead in Lancashire. This surname was originally derived from the Old English elements soetr meaning shield and pveit meaning pasture. [1]

Early Origins of the Satterwhite family

The surname Satterwhite was first found in Cumbria at Satterthwaite, a chapelry, in the parish of Hawkshead, union of Ulverston, hundred of Lonsdale in Lancashire. [2] The village dates back to at least 1336 when it was listed as Sterthwayt. [1]

"Small and secluded as is the spot, it has originated a surname that has spread far and wide. It seems to have reached London about the 16th century." [3]

The Lancashire Wills at Richmond included the the following entries: Robert Saterthwaite, of Coutehouse in Hawkshead, 1596; William Satewhait, of Saterthwaite, 1604; and George Satenwhat, of Hauxhead, 1613. [3]

Early History of the Satterwhite family

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Satterwhite Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Satterwhite include Satterthwaite, Satherthwaite, Satterthwater and many more.

Early Notables of the Satterwhite family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Thomas Satterthwaite (1720-1790) a prominent Quaker in Lancaster, Lancashire who was involved in the slave trade. He was the son of Thomas Satterthwaite (1685-1728) and Mary Ledger. His brother, Benjamin Satterthwaite became a factor or agent for a group of Lancaster slave traders, first in Barbados and then in...
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Satterwhite Ranking

In the United States, the name Satterwhite is the 5,476th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [4]

United States Satterwhite migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Satterwhite Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • T. P. Satterwhite, who immigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Bessie Satterwhite, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1911
  • Florence C. Satterwhite, aged 45, who settled in America, in 1911
  • Preston P. Satterwhite, who landed in America, in 1911
  • Arthur B. Satterwhite, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States, in 1920

Contemporary Notables of the name Satterwhite (post 1700) +

  • John W. Satterwhite, American politician, Member of the California State Assembly (1865-1867)
  • Jacolby Satterwhite (b. 1986), United States Artists Fellow, known for his work with Video, Performance, 3D animation, Drawing and Printmaking
  • John Satterwhite (1943-2014), American Olympic shooter and World Championship skeet shooter

  1. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?"., on Facebook