Whitemore History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Whitemore family

The surname Whitemore was first found in Staffordshire where Whitmore is a parish in the union Newcastle-under-Lyme in the hundred of Pirehill and dates back to the Domesday Book [1] where it was listed as Witemore.

The name was derived from the Old English words hwit + mor which collectively mean "white moor or marsh" [2]

The parish has remained rather small in population as in 1873 it listed only 367 inhabitants. Whitmore Hall, is still standing today and was held by the Whitmore family until the 16th century when Alice Boghay, a Whitmore heiress married Edward Mainwaring of Biddulph. From then on, it passed to the Cavenagh-Mainwaring family who still hold the hall as a private residence today. It is important to now note the younger Shropshire branch of the family.

"This is a younger branch of an ancient family formerly seated at Whittimere or Whitmore, in the parish of Claverley, where it is traced to the reign of Henry III. " [3]

Early History of the Whitemore family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whitemore research. Another 112 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1620, 1572, 1648, 1620, 1593, 1612, 1653, 1640, 1637, 1699, 1661, 1599, 1677, 1659, 1677, 1666, 1695, 1654 and 1593 are included under the topic Early Whitemore History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Whitemore Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Whitmore, Whitmer, Whytemere, Whitemore, Whittimere, Whittimore and many more.

Early Notables of the Whitemore family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir William Whitmore (1572-1648), an English landowner and politician, Sheriff of Shropshire in 1620, he inherited Apley Hall, Shropshire on the death of his father in 1593; Sir Thomas Whitmore, 1st Baronet (1612-1653), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Bridgnorth in 1640; Sir William Whitmore, 2nd Baronet (1637-1699), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Bridgnorth in...
Another 64 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whitemore Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Whitemore family to Ireland

Some of the Whitemore family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Whitemore migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Whitemore Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Clanne Whitemore, who arrived in Maryland in 1665 [4]
Whitemore Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • H Whitemore, aged 30, who landed in Key West, Fla in 1846 [4]

New Zealand Whitemore 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:

Whitemore Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Catherine Whitemore, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875
  • Miss Catherine Whitemore, (b. 1860), aged 15, Cornish settler departing on 6th June 1875 aboard the ship "Rodney" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 29th August 1875 [5]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Whitemore, (b. 1832), aged 43, Cornish settler departing on 6th June 1875 aboard the ship "Rodney" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 29th August 1875 [5]
  • Mr. John Whitemore, (b. 1831), aged 44, Cornish farm labourer departing on 6th June 1875 aboard the ship "Rodney" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 29th August 1875 [5]
  • Mr. John Whitemore, (b. 1869), aged 6, Cornish settler departing on 6th June 1875 aboard the ship "Rodney" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 29th August 1875 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Whitemore (post 1700) +

  • Edward Whitemore, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Rockland County, 1856 [6]


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Wellington 1872-1880 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nz_wellington.pdf    
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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