× Home
×

Family Crest and History Search
House of Names
FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more
An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016


The surname Whidden is most likely a derivative of the Old English word 'hwita', meaning "white," but may be rooted in the Welsh or Cornish language.

Whidden Early Origins



The surname Whidden was first found in Chagford, Devon, when the name was recorded in the Mabinogion (a collection of ancient Welsh bardic tales, particularly the collection of 12th-century knightly romances translated by Lady Charlotte Guest, also known as 'The Red Book of Hergest').

Close

Whidden Spelling Variations


Expand

Whidden Spelling Variations



Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Whidden, Whiddon, Whydon, Whydn and others.

Close

Whidden Early History


Expand

Whidden Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whidden research. Another 263 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1553, 1555, 1558, 1575, and 1797 are included under the topic Early Whidden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Close

Whidden Early Notables (pre 1700)


Expand

Whidden Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Whidden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Close

The Great Migration


Expand

The Great Migration



An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Whidden:

Whidden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • G Whidden, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • William M. Whidden, aged 36, who settled in America, in 1893

Whidden Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Stephen Whidden, aged 44, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • F. B. Whidden, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Austen C. Whidden, aged 10, who settled in America, in 1910
  • Harry F. Whidden, aged 40, who emigrated to Peabody, Massachusetts, in 1913
  • Robert G. Whidden, aged 25, who landed in America, in 1914
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Close

Contemporary Notables of the name Whidden (post 1700)


Expand

Contemporary Notables of the name Whidden (post 1700)



  • Thomas A. "Tom" Whidden, American sailor and sailmaker, President and CEO of North Marine Group
  • Lee P. Whidden, American lawyer and partner at Denton's, New York
  • Christopher Whidden, American Postdoctoral Researcher at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington
  • William Marcy Whidden (1857-1929), American founding member of Whidden & Lewis, a prominent architectural firm
  • Woodrow Wilson Whidden II (b. 1944), American Seventh-day Adventist author, theologian, and professor of systematic and historical theology
  • Renton Whidden, American Republican politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives Second Norfolk District, 1923-24
  • James I. Whidden, American politician, Independent Candidate for U.S. Senator from Oklahoma, 1932
  • Edgar Whidden, American politician, U.S. Consul in SAINT Stephen, 1897
  • C. R. Whidden, American Republican politician, Mayor of Calais, Maine, 1864-65
  • Benjamin F. Whidden, American Republican politician, U.S. Diplomatic Commissioner to Haiti, 1862-65; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Hampshire, 1868
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Close

Whidden Family Crest Products


Expand

Whidden Family Crest Products




Close

See Also


Expand

See Also




Close

Citations


Expand

Citations



    Other References

    1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    11. ...

    The Whidden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Whidden Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 22 April 2016 at 13:59.

    Sign Up

      


    FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more
    House of Names on Facebook
    Follow Houseofnames on Twitter
    Houseofnames on Pinterest