Whiteford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Whiteford family

The surname Whiteford was first found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Friù), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland, where they held a family seat on the lands of Whiteford, on the River Cart, about three miles north of Paisley.

Early History of the Whiteford family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whiteford research. Another 152 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1263, 1296, 1489, 1489, 1558, 1688, 1542, 1581, 1647, 1635, 1686, 1626 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Whiteford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Whiteford Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Whiteford, Whitefoord, Whiteforde, Whitford and others.

Early Notables of the Whiteford family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Richard Whitford (or Whytford) (died 1542?), an English Catholic priest and author of many devotional works, probably from Whytford in Flint where he was known as 'the wretch of Syon.' His uncle, Richard Whitford, possessed property there at that time. [1] Walter Whitford (ca. 1581-1647), was a Scottish minister, prelate and...
Another 58 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whiteford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Whiteford migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Whiteford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Whiteford, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817 [2]
  • William Whiteford, who landed in New York in 1827 [2]
  • James Whiteford, who settled in New York in 1845
  • John Whiteford, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1854

New Zealand Whiteford migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Whiteford Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Whiteford, British settler travelling from London with his brother aboard the ship "Huntress" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st April 1863 [3]
  • James Whiteford, aged 32, a farm labourer, who arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Christian McAusland" in 1875
  • Janet Whiteford, aged 27, who arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Christian McAusland" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Whiteford (post 1700) +

  • Blackie Whiteford (1889-1962), American film actor who appeared in 275 films between 1928 and 1962
  • Robert M. Whiteford, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1960 [4]
  • James R. Whiteford, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1888 [4]
  • Henry C. Whiteford, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Maryland 2nd District, 1936 [4]
  • Helen K. Whiteford, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1996, 2008 [4]
  • Andrew "Andy" Whiteford (b. 1977), Scottish professional football defender
  • Derek Whiteford (b. 1947), Scottish former football player and manager from Salsburgh
  • Peter William Whiteford (b. 1980), Scottish professional PGA golfer from Kirkcaldy
  • Eilidh Whiteford (b. 1969), Scottish National Party (SNP) Member of Parliament for Banff and Buchan
  • Doug Whiteford, Australian racing driver, three-time winner of the Australian Grand Prix in the 1950s
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Whiteford 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: Ubique aut Nusquam
Motto Translation: Everywhere or Nowhere.

  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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