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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').

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Whidden Spelling Variations


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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.

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Whidden Early History


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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.

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Whidden Early Notables (pre 1700)


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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.

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The Great Migration


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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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • 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.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Whidden (post 1700)


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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 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, April 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • James I. Whidden, American politician, Independent Candidate for U.S. Senator from Oklahoma, 1932 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, April 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Edgar Whidden, American politician, U.S. Consul in SAINT Stephen, 1897 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, April 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • C. R. Whidden, American Republican politician, Mayor of Calais, Maine, 1864-65 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, April 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Benjamin F. Whidden, American Republican politician, U.S. Diplomatic Commissioner to Haiti, 1862-65; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Hampshire, 1868 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, April 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Whidden Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, April 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

Other References

  1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  5. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  6. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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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.

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