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Multiple Origins for the Surname White



The bearers of White and its variants are generally thought to have come from the noble family of Le Blancs in Normandy, who traveled to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest. Although the name certainly came to Britain from Normandy, there is some speculation that it already existed in Britain prior to the conquest. The word "white" itself is derived from the Old English word "hwit." This name was most likely originally used as a nickname for a person with white hair or a pale complexion.

White Early Origins



The surname White was first found in Durham, but we must look to South Warnborough in Southampton for one of the most interesting stories about the family. "The church is very ancient, with a fine Norman arch at the entrance; in the chancel is a curious monument to Sir Thomas White and his family. Tradition says that Queen Elizabeth, when residing at Odiham, rode over to the manor-house here, and after partaking of breakfast with the above-mentioned Thomas White, knighted him in his own saloon." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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White Spelling Variations


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White Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: White, Whyte, Wight and others.

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White Early History


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White Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our White research. Another 381 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1106, 1066, 1172, 1327, 1236, 1560, 1585, 1579, 1656, 1593, 1676, 1628, 1698, 1685, 1690, 1630, 1686, 1620, 1704, 1657, 1656, 1172 and are included under the topic Early White History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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White Early Notables (pre 1700)


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White Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John White (c.1585), an English painter and cartographer who was sent to Roanoke Island (now in North Carolina) as artist, mapmaker, and later as governor; Andrew White (1579-1656), a Jesuit theology professor who went to Maryland as the head of a band of...

Another 90 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early White Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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White In Ireland


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White In Ireland



Some of the White family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 215 words (15 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

White Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William White and his wife Susannah, who immigrated to Plymouth in 1620 with their sons Resolve and Peregrine (the latter born in Cape Cod Harbour on board the Mayflower in 1620, thus becoming the first child of English descent born in New England)
  • Anthony White, aged 27, arrived in New England in 1634
  • William White, who came to Virginia in 1635
  • Charles White, aged 18, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Ellin White, aged 26, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

White Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • George White, who landed in North Carolina in 1701
  • Abigail White, who landed in North Carolina in 1701
  • Adam White, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Dennis White, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Ellinor White, who landed in Barbados in 1738
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

White Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alice White, aged 50, landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • Catherine White, aged 22, arrived in New York, NY in 1804
  • Eleanor White, aged 18, arrived in New York, NY in 1804
  • Donald White, who arrived in North Carolina in 1811
  • Archibald White, aged 36, landed in Maine in 1812
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

White Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Peter White, who settled in Witless Bay, Newfoundland in 1676 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

White Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Arthur White, who arrived in Ferryland, Newfoundland in 1706 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Ann White, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Elizabeth White, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mary White, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Mr. Amos White U.E. who settled in Bell Vue, Beaver Harbor, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

White Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Margaret White, who came to Quebec in 1829
  • Elijah D White, who landed in Canada in 1831
  • Michael White, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • Catherine White, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • Ellen White, aged 26, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

White Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John White, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  • Thomas White, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  • John White, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  • Thomas White, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  • William White, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

White Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John White landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1834 aboard the ship Murray
  • W White landed in Hokianga, New Zealand in 1834
  • Henry White landed in Hokianga, New Zealand in 1839
  • Francis White landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • George White landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Aurora
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name White (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name White (post 1700)



  • Byron Raymond "Whizzer" White (1917-2002), American Rhodes Scholar, associate justice of the Supreme Court, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Elwyn Brooks "E.B." White (1899-1985), American essayist/children's novelist awarded a special citation in 1978 by the Pulitzer Prize board and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Donald H. White (1921-2016), American composer
  • Dean V. White (1923-2016), American billionaire entrepreneur
  • Don White (1926-2016), American stock car racing driver, USAC Stock Car Champion in 1963 and 1967
  • Nera D. White (1935-2016), American gold medalist basketball player at the 1957 FIBA World Championship for Women, inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
  • Maurice White (1941-2016), American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, arranger, founder of the band Earth, Wind & Fire, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame
  • Robert Mayer "Bob" White (1923-2015), American meteorologist, 1st Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (1970-1977), awarded the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement in 1992
  • James L. White (1947-2015), American BAFTA Award nominated screenwriter, best known for his original screenplay for the 2004 film, Ray
  • Shaun White (b. 1986), American snowboard Olympian who won two golds at the 2006 and 2010 games
  • ... (Another 34 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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White Historic Events


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White Historic Events




Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. Emery S White (b. 1957), American Staff Sergeant from Clarksville, Tennessee, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. John Bell White, British 7th Engineer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Henry White, British Trimmer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mrs. Mary Ann White (1861-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Guelph, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Miss Jessie White (1901-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Guelph, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Miss Alma May White (1893-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from London, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • ... (Another 1 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Flight 191

  • E White, American passenger from USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash on May 25, 1979

Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. James  White (1854-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries
  • Mr. Joseph  White (1854-1917), Canadian resident from Richmond, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries
  • Miss Gladys Frances  White (1912-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Miss Marcella  White (1912-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Susie  White (1885-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • ... (Another 2 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Robert George White (1919-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Hans James Leo White (1921-1941), Australian Signalman from Croxton, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Harry White (b. 1922), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Edward H White (b. 1910), English Petty Officer Telegraphist serving for the Royal Navy from Newport, Isle of Wight, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Arthur White (b. 1918), English Wireman serving for the Royal Navy from Hockley, Essex, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. William W White, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. William E White, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. W T White, British Gunner, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Alec F White, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)

  • Jonathan White (1955-1988), American Accountant from North Hollywood, California, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died

RMS Titanic

  • Mr Edward Joseph White (d. 1912), aged 27, English Glory Hole Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett
  • Mr. L. White (d. 1912), aged 32, English First Class Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Alfred White (d. 1912), aged 32, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Frank Leonard White (d. 1912), aged 28, English Leading Fireman from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. William George White, aged 23, English Greaser from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 4
  • ... (Another 3 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name White


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Suggested Readings for the name White



  • The Ancestors of Daniel White, 1777-1836 and His Wife, Sarah Ford by Paula Porter Griffin.
  • Ancestral Chronological Record of the William White Family, from 1607-8 to 1895 By Thomas and Samuel Whit.
  • Family Ties of Roy Harold Murray: Ancestors and Descendants of the Murray, White, Waybright Families by Miriam Adams Cloud Murray.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822

Other References

  1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  2. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. 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).
  7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
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The White Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The White 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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