Whitener History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Whitener family

The surname Whitener was first found in Roxburghshire in the lands of Whitton, in Morebattle parish. The first on record was John Wytton, prior of St. Andrews in 1285 A.D. Michael and Adam Wytton both rendered homage to King Edward I of England in his brief conquest of Scotland in 1296. Michael was chief forester of the Forest of Selkirk. His seal showed a deer running. Richard Wyttone, a dignitary of the Church also rendered homage. [1]

Further to the south, "there are parishes in Lincoln, Durham, Hereford, Northumberland, Salop (Shropshire) and Suffolk." [2]

Early History of the Whitener family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whitener research. Another 82 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1165, 1400, 1370, 1303, 1576, 1585, 1595, 1585, 1588, 1635 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Whitener History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Whitener Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Whitton, Whitten, Whytten, Whytton, Wytton, Wytten, Witten, Witton, Wyton and many more.

Early Notables of the Whitener family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Michael Whitton, Chief Forester of the Kings Forest of Selkirk in 1303. Sir John Whiddon (d. 1576), was an English judge, the eldest son of John Whiddon of Chagford in Devonshire, where his family had long been established. [3] Jacob Whiddon ( fl. 1585-1595), was an English sea-captain, "a trusted servant and follower of Sir Walter Ralegh, who speaks of him as 'a man most valiant and honest,' seems to have been with Sir Richard Greynvile...
Another 83 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whitener Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Whitener migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Whitener Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Geo. M. Whitener, aged 26, who settled in America, in 1904
  • Harry Whitener, aged 34, who immigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Alix Whitener, aged 7, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Henry L. Whitener, aged 37, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Paula Whitener, aged 32, who immigrated to America, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Whitener (post 1700) +

  • Todd Whitener (b. 1978), American musician best known from his work with the bands Days of the New and Tantric
  • Aaron Sherrill Whitener, American immigrant to Texas from Mississippi in 1853 where he founded the Whitener Ranch, one of the oldest continuously owned family ranches in the state of Texas
  • Paul Austin Wayne Whitener (1911-1959), American landscape painter, founder and director of the Hickory Museum of Art (1944-1959)
  • Basil Lee Whitener (1915-1989), American politician, Democratic U.S. Representative from North Carolina between 1957 and 1968
  • Steven D. Whitener, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Virginia, 1992 [4]
  • Gary Whitener, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for North Carolina, 1996 [4]
  • Basil Lee Whitener (1915-1989), American Democrat politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives, 1941 [4]
  • Amidas A. Whitener (b. 1874), American Republican politician, Mayor of Hickory, North Carolina, 1900; Candidate for U.S. Senator from North Carolina, 1914, 1924; Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1924 [4]
  • Aaron Whitener (b. 1981), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 2004 [4]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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