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The name Whitby arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Whitby family lived in Yorkshire, at Whitby. "This place was called by the Saxons Streanes-heale, which Bede interprets Sinus Phari, or "the bay of the lighthouse;" and in the Domesday Survey is styled Whitteby, or "the white town." It owes its origin to the foundation of a monastery here by Oswy, King of Northumbria, in fulfilment of a vow made prior to the battle of Winwidfield, in which he defeated and killed Penda, the pagan king of Mercia, who had invaded his territories in 655. " [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


Whitby Early Origins



The surname Whitby was first found in Yorkshire where they are believed to be descended from William de Percy, the most heroic of Norman nobles who held the lands of Whitby, in the East Riding of York, from 1066. He went to the first Crusade in 1096 and died at Mountjoy near Jerusalem.

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Whitby Spelling Variations


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Whitby Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Whitby, Whiteby and others.

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Whitby Early History


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Whitby Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whitby research. Another 169 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1291, 1307, 1639, 1614, 1629, 1638, 1726, 1655, 1642, 1644, 1652 and 1655 are included under the topic Early Whitby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Whitby Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Whitby Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Henry Whitby who held the lands in Berwick in 1307; Edward Whitby (died 1639), an English lawyer and politician, Member of Parliament for City of Chester (1614-1629); Daniel Whitby (1638-1726), a controversial English theologian and...

Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whitby 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



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Whitby or a variant listed above were:

Whitby Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard and Daniel Whitby settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Richard Whitby, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Kath Whitby, who landed in Virginia in 1654
  • Thomas Whitby, who arrived in Virginia in 1654
  • Kath Whitby settled in Virginia in 1654
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Whitby Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Whitby, who landed in America in 1802
  • James Whitby arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • Betsey Whitby, aged 39, landed in Massachusetts in 1812

Whitby Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Whitby, aged 21, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Ascendant"
  • James Whitby arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1849
  • Edward Whitby arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elizabeth" in 1849
  • Charles Whitby (aged 17) arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Eliza"
  • Daniel Whitby (aged 22) arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Eliza"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Whitby Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Whitby landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841
  • A. W. Whitby arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoenix" in 1860
  • James George Whitby, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lauderdale" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Whitby (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Whitby (post 1700)



  • William Edward "Bill" Whitby (1943-2016), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played one season for the Minnesota Twins in 1964
  • William Edward Whitby (b. 1943), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played in 1964 for the Minnesota Twins
  • Audrey Whitby (b. 1996), American teen actress and comedian, best known for the recurring role on the television comedy series The Thundermans
  • Mary Anne Theresa Whitby (1784-1850), née Symonds, an English writer, landowner, and artist who had extensive correspondence with Charles Darwin about silkworms
  • Dr Blay Whitby, English philosopher and technology ethicist at the University of Sussex
  • Thomas Brand Whitby (1813-1881), English cricketer who played for Kent in 1837
  • Joy Whitby (b. 1930), English television producer and executive
  • Mike Whitby, Baron Whitby, an English Conservative Party politician and former leader of Birmingham City Council (2004-2012)
  • Gregory Byrne Whitby, Australian educator, Executive Director of Schools in the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta, NSW
  • Janice Whitby, Canadian singer, dancer and film and television actress, best known for her role as Katy in the 1970s television series The Bionic Woman
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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: Virtus vitium fugere
Motto Translation: It is virtue to shun vice


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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  2. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  3. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  5. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  6. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  10. 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).
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The Whitby Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Whitby 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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