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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
  • 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.)

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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)

Other References

  1. 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).
  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. 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).
  4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. 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.

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