Show ContentsWhited History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Whited is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was a name for someone who was a whitehaired or fair-haired person. The surname Whited is derived from the Old English words hwit, which means white, and heafod, which means head. [1]

Early Origins of the Whited family

The surname Whited was first found in Lancashire and "especially in North England. " [2]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included two entries for the family with very early spellings: Roger Witheyed, Huntingdonshire; and William Witheyed, Cambridgeshire. And in Yorkshire, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Adam Whiteheued; Johannes Whittehed; and Robertus Qwytheued. [2]

Further to the north in Scotland, the first record of the family was "Adam Whytehevde de Hoton, juror on inquisition before the sheriff of Berwick, 1300. " [3]

Early History of the Whited family

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Whited Spelling Variations

Whited has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Whited have been found, including Whitehedd, Whited, Whitehead, Whytehead and others.

Early Notables of the Whited family

Notables of the family at this time include David Whithead (1492?-1571), English divine, born about 1492, a native of Hampshire (Wood), where the Whiteheads had some landed property. "His contemporary, Hugh Whitehead (d. 1551), with whom David has been confused, belonged to a Durham branch of the family, was from 1519 to 1540 last prior, and from 1541 first dean of Durham. " [4] George Whitehead (1636?-1723), was an English Quaker, born at Sun Bigs, parish of Orton, Westmorland. From 1661 to 1672 Whitehead spent most of his time in prison. He died on 8 March 1723, in his eighty-seventh...
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Whited Ranking

In the United States, the name Whited is the 3,998th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [5]

Ireland Migration of the Whited family to Ireland

Some of the Whited family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 32 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Whited migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Whiteds to arrive on North American shores:

Whited Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Floyd Whited, aged 27, who immigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Minnie Whited, aged 25, who settled in America, in 1909
  • Marie Whited, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Esther Whited, aged 63, who landed in America, in 1913
  • William D. Whited, aged 63, who landed in America, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Whited (post 1700) +

  • Matthew C. Whited, American Assistant Professor at East Carolina University
  • Dr. Jessica Whited, American Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
  • Toni M. Whited, American Michael and Diane Jones Professor of Business Administration at the University of Rochester
  • Master Chief Quartermaster Robert J. Whited, U.S. Navy Leading Chief for the staff and a member of Operations Division during Operation Deep Freeze 1968 and 1969, eponym of Whited Inlet, Antarctica
  • Edward Morris Whited (b. 1964), former American Major League Baseball third baseman
  • Marvin Eugene Whited (b. 1918), American football guard in the National Football League
  • John E. Whited, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Logan County, 1948 [6]
  • Carl Vincent Whited, American Democratic Party politician, Dentist; Presidential Elector for California, 1940 [6]

The Whited 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: Dum spiro spero
Motto Translation: While I have breath I hope.

  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  4. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from on Facebook