Whitesell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the historical and enchanting region of Scotland emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Whitesell family. Originally, the Scottish people were known only by a single name. Scottish surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name Whitesell is a nickname type of surname for a pale or fair haired person. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word "hwit," meaning "white."

Early Origins of the Whitesell family

The surname Whitesell was first found in at Coldingham, a village in Berwickshire an ancient county of Scotland, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland, where "Uuiaett Hwite" witnessed King Eadgar's charter of Coldingham, sometime between the years 1097 and 1107. It appears the name may have actually predated the Norman invasion as Old English personal names such as "Huita, Huuita, Hwita" are known to have predated 1066. One Old English charter dated before 925 (the Cartularium Saxonica), there is a "Wulfnoo hwita" listed. Whyte was also used as an Anglicized form of the Gaelic MacGhillebhain. By the mid 12th century, however, most of the bearers of this name in Scotland were of Norman descent. They held a family seat from very early times.

Early History of the Whitesell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whitesell research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1236, 1376, 1426, and 1658 are included under the topic Early Whitesell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Whitesell Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: White, Whyte, Wight and others.

Early Notables of the Whitesell family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Whitesell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Whitesell family to Ireland

Some of the Whitesell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 76 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Whitesell migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Whitesell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • David Whitesell, aged 50, who landed in America from London, in 1899
Whitesell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mary Whitesell, aged 52, who immigrated to America, in 1912
  • Theodore Whitesell, aged 72, who immigrated to the United States, in 1912
  • William Whitesell, aged 45, who settled in America, in 1912
  • Tillie Whitesell, aged 56, who immigrated to Bayside, Long Island, New York, in 1924
  • Robert Whitesell, aged 59, who arrived at Bayside, Long Island, New York, in 1924

Canada Whitesell migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Whitesell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Cpl. Andrew Whitesell U.E., (Whitsal) (b. 1754) born in Sussex County [Warren County], New Jersey, USA from New Jersey, USA who settled in Thorold Township [Thorold], Regional Municipality of Niagara, Ontario c. 1784 then relocated to Pelham before settling in Saltfleet   he served in James Shaw's Company 1st Battalion of the New Jersey Volunteers, married twice having 10 children, he died in 1816 [1]
  • Mr. Joseph Whitesell Sr., U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Whitesell (post 1700) +

  • Sean Whitesell (1963-2015), American film and television actor, known for his work in Oz (1997), Cold Case (2003) and Boston Public (2000)
  • Patrick Whitesell, American talent agent and co-CEO of WME Entertainment
  • Josh Whitesell (b. 1982), American Major League Baseball player
  • Robert P. Whitesell (1860-1937), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1916, 1924 [2]

The Whitesell 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: Labore parta
Motto Translation: Acquired by work.

  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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