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The origins of the Whitehead surname date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from an early member of the family who was a whitehaired or fair-haired person. The surname Whitehead is derived from the Old English words hwit, which means white, and heafod, 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.

Whitehead Early Origins



The surname Whitehead was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, both before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Whitehead Spelling Variations


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Whitehead Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Whitehead has been spelled many different ways, including Whitehedd, Whited, Whitehead, Whytehead and others.

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Whitehead Early History


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Whitehead Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whitehead 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 Whitehead History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Whitehead Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Whitehead Early Notables (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 of Hampshire (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 Whitehead Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Whitehead In Ireland


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Whitehead In Ireland



Some of the Whitehead 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Whiteheads to arrive in North America:

Whitehead Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Whitehead settled in New England in 1630
  • John Whitehead settled in New Haven Conn. in 1630
  • Daniel Whitehead settled at Hempstead in New York in 1631
  • Arth Whitehead, who landed in Virginia in 1643
  • Daniel Whitehead, who landed in Long Island in 1653
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Whitehead Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Alice Whitehead, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Arthur Whitehead, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • John Whitehead, who landed in Charles Town, South Carolina in 1714
  • Thomas Whitehead, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1719-1720
  • Mary Whitehead settled in Virginia in 1722
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Whitehead Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Ralph Whitehead, who landed in America in 1804
  • Sol Whitehead, aged 27, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Christopher Whitehead, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1822
  • Frederick Whitehead, who arrived in Mississippi in 1874
  • Isaiah Whitehead, aged 26, arrived in Kentucky in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Whitehead Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Rumboll Whitehead, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

Whitehead Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Whitehead, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]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 Whitehead, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  • Daniel Whitehead, a weaver, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Mary Whitehead, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1830 with 135 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1830
  • William Whitehead arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1839 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SOMERSETSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Somersetshire.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Whitehead Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Whitehead landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
  • Art Whitehead landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Brougham
  • A. Whitehead arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Brougham" in 1842
  • William Whitehead arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avon" in 1860
  • S. Whitehead arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1861
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Whitehead (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Whitehead (post 1700)



  • William H. Whitehead, American politician, First Selectman of Simsbury, Connecticut, 1896-1904
  • William M. Whitehead, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Essex County, 1851
  • William C. Whitehead, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana 5th District, 1956
  • William A. Whitehead, American Democrat politician, Chair of Bergen County Democratic Party, 1919; Mayor of Garfield, New Jersey, 1920-21
  • Wayne W. Whitehead, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oregon, 1972
  • William A. Whitehead, American politician, Mayor of Key West, Florida, 1837-38
  • W. H. Whitehead, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1936
  • Thomas J. Whitehead (b. 1865), American Republican politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Buchanan County 2nd District, 1921-22
  • Thomas Whitehead (1825-1901), American politician, Representative from Virginia 6th District, 1873-75
  • Thomas H. Whitehead, American politician, Member of Illinois Socialist State Central Committee, 1919
  • ... (Another 71 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Whitehead Historic Events


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Whitehead Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Reginald C Whitehead (b. 1913), English Sergeant serving for the Royal Marine from Willesden, London, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Geoffrey Whitehead, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Geoffrey Whitehead, English Petty Officer from England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Miss Florence Whitehead, English 2nd Class passenger residing in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 13

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1830 with 135 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1830
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SOMERSETSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Somersetshire.htm

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  10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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The Whitehead Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Whitehead 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 10 December 2016 at 23:51.

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