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Where did the Scottish White family come from? What is the Scottish White family crest and coat of arms? When did the White family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the White family history?

From the historical and enchanting region of Scotland emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished White family. Originally, the Scottish people were known only by a single name. Scottish surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name White is a nickname type of surname for a pale or fair haired person. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word "hwit," meaning "white."

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

First found in at Coldingham, a village in Berwickshire an ancient county of Scotland, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland, where "Uuiaett Hwite" witnessed King Eadgar's charter of Coldingham, sometime between the years 1097 and 1107. It appears the name may have actually predated the Norman invasion as Old English personal names such as "Huita, Huuita, Hwita" are known to have predated 1066. One Old English charter dated before 925 (the Cartularium Saxonica), there is a "Wulfnoo hwita" listed. Whyte was also used as an Anglicized form of the Gaelic MacGhillebhain. By the mid 12th century, however, most of the bearers of this name in Scotland were of Norman descent. They held a family seat from very early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our White research. Another 339 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1236, 1376, 1426, and 1658 are included under the topic Early White History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early White Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the White family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 110 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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


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


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


White Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century


  • Peter White, who settled in Witless Bay, Newfoundland in 1676

White Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Arthur White, who arrived in Ferryland, Newfoundland in 1706
  • 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

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, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale
  • Catherine White, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale
  • Ellen White, aged 26, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo


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
  • Thomas White, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John White, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • Thomas White, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • William White, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila


White Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John White landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1834 aboard the ship Murray
  • 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
  • Henry Bertram White landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840


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  • James L. White (1947-2015), American BAFTA Award nominated screenwriter, best known for his original screenplay for the 2004 film, Ray
  • 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
  • E White, American passenger from USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash on May 25, 1979
  • Shaun White (b. 1986), American snowboard Olympian who won two golds at the 2006 and 2010 games
  • Mrs. Ella White, (née Holmes), aged 55, American First Class passenger from New York City, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 8
  • Mr. Richard Frasar White (d. 1912), aged 21, American First Class passenger from Brunswick, Maine who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett
  • Mr. Percival Wayland White (d. 1912), aged 54, American First Class passenger from Brunswick, Maine who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Fred White (1936-2013), American sportscaster
  • David Patillo White (1828-1903), American shape note singing teacher, composer
  • Byron Raymond "Whizzer" White (1917-2002), American Rhodes Scholar, associate justice of the Supreme Court, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

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  • 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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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: Labore parta
Motto Translation: Acquired by work.

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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.

This page was last modified on 26 August 2015 at 14:07.

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