The ancestors of the Whitehaead family lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Whitehaead was a name given to a whitehaired or fair-haired person. The surname Whitehaead is derived from the Old English words hwit,
which means white,
which means head.
A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname
surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.
Early Origins of the Whitehaead family
The surname Whitehaead was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, both before and after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Whitehaead family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whitehaead research.Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1300, 1523, 1537, 1629, 1609, 1625, 1594, 1663, 1628, 1653, 1629, 1684 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Whitehaead History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Whitehaead Spelling Variations
Whitehaead 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 Whitehaead have been found, including Whitehedd, Whited, Whitehead, Whytehead and others.
Early Notables of the Whitehaead family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Phillip Whitehead, Sheriff of Linlithgow; Sir Henry Whitehead (died 1629) was an English politician, High Sheriff
(1609), Member of Parliament for Hampshire
(1625); Richard Whitehead or Whithed (1594-c 1663), an... Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whitehaead Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Whitehaead family to Ireland
Some of the Whitehaead family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 53 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Whitehaead family to the New World and Oceana
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 Whitehaeads to arrive on North American shores: Daniel Whitehead settled at Hempstead in New York in 1631; Richard Whitehead settled in New England
in 1630; John Whitehead settled in New Haven Conn. in 1630.
The Whitehaead 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.