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Early Origins of the Whetsell family

The surname Whetsell was first found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, where they held a family seat on the lands of Whiteside from very early times. [1]

Further south in England, records there show Richard Whitside, Cambridgeshire in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 and Willelmus Whitesyde in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [2]

Early History of the Whetsell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whetsell research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1575, 1625, 1649, 1740, 1752, 1804, 1806, 1822, 1829, 1830, 1832, 1876 and 1890 are included under the topic Early Whetsell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Whetsell Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Whiteside, Whitesides and others.

Early Notables of the Whetsell family

Notable amongst the family at this time was James Whiteside (1804-1876), Lord Chief Justice of Ireland, born on 12 Aug. 1804 at Delgany, co. Wicklow, of which parish his father, William Whiteside, was curate. Shortly after Whiteside's birth his father moved to Rathmines, near Dublin, where he died in 1806. He entered Trinity College, Dublin, in 1822, and graduated B.A. in 1832. In 1829...
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Ireland Migration of the Whetsell family to Ireland

Some of the Whetsell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Whetsell family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Margeret Whiteside arrived with 4 children in New York in 1822; John and Ann arrived in New York State in 1803; Arthur, Stephen and William, all arrived in Philadelphia between 1830-60..


Contemporary Notables of the name Whetsell (post 1700) +

  • Richard Whetsell (b. 1905), American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Preston County, 1949-60; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1952, 1956 [3]
  • Clay B. Whetsell, American Democratic Party politician, Mayor of Elkins, West Virginia, 1941-44 [3]
  • Charles Whetsell, American Republican politician, Chair of Preston County Republican Party, 1969-73 [3]


  1. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, April 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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