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Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Whitacre is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in one of a number of similarly-named places. The settlement of Wheatacre is in Norfolk, while Whiteacre in Waltham is in Kent; both of these names literally mean wheat-field. The place named Whitacre is in Warwickshire, while High Whitaker is in Lancashire; these names both mean white field. The surname Whitacre belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Whitacre Early Origins



The surname Whitacre was first found in Warwickshire where the first record of the name was of Johias Whitacre (1042-1066), who died while fighting at the Battle of Hastings on the side of King Harold. Despite the fact he was on the losing side of the battle, his family were permitted to keep their estates there. The place names Whitacre, Over Whitacre and Nether Whitacre were listed in the Domesday Book as Witacre and literally meant "white cultivated land" from the Old English words "hwit" + "aecer." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

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Whitacre Spelling Variations


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Whitacre Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Whitacre has been spelled many different ways, including Whittaker, Whittakers, Whitaker, Whitacre and others.

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Whitacre Early History


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Whitacre Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whitacre research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1375, 1548, 1595, 1586, 1580, 1646, 1640, 1622, 1695, 1659, 1661, 1679, 1642, 1715, 1695, 1696, 1701, 1702, 1660, 1735 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Whitacre History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Whitacre Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Whitacre Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include Sir Richard de Whitacre (c.1300-1375), Lord of the Manors of Nether Whitacre, Over Whitacre, Elmdon, and Freasley, he claimed direct descendancy for the aforementioned Johias Whitacre; William Whitaker (1548-1595), English Anglican theologian, Master of St. John's College, Cambridge; Henry Whitaker, English politician, Member...

Another 103 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whitacre Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Whitacre In Ireland


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Whitacre In Ireland



Some of the Whitacre family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 39 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Whitacres to arrive in North America:

Whitacre Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Ann Whitacre settled in Virginia in 1636
  • Ann Whitacre, who landed in Virginia in 1636
  • Richard Whitacre, who landed in New Jersey in 1675
  • John Whitacre, who arrived in Maryland in 1676

Whitacre Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John, Anne, and Robert Whitacre settled in Virginia in 1700

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Contemporary Notables of the name Whitacre (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Whitacre (post 1700)



  • Walter Whitacre, American Republican politician, Member of Nevada State House of Representatives, 1950; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nevada, 1956
  • Vernon C. Whitacre, American Democrat politician, Chair of Hampshire County Democratic Party, 1946-63, 1972-75; Member of West Virginia State Senate 16th District, 1982-88; Appointed 1982
  • Julie Whitacre, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nevada, 2004
  • John Jefferson Whitacre (1860-1938), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Ohio 18th District, 1911-15; Defeated, 1908; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1912
  • John J. Whitacre (1860-1938), American Representative from Ohio elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-second and Sixty-third Congresses (1911-1915)
  • Eric Whitacre (b. 1970), American Grammy Award winning composer, conductor and lecturer, probably best known for his choral work
  • Edward Earl "Ed" Whitacre Jr. (b. 1941), American former Chairman and CEO of General Motors and national president of the Boy Scouts of America from 1998 to 2000

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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Spes et fides
Motto Translation: Hope and faith.


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Whitacre Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  3. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  7. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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The Whitacre Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Whitacre 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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