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The name Whitesun is an unusual combination of a nickname and a patronymic. The suffix indicates that it identifies the bearer by his father. Most patronymics refer to the father's first name, such as "Johnson." However, this name means "son of White," a name that the father must have earned because of some physical feature, probably white hair or an exceptionally pale complexion. Another, less likely possibility, is that the name is a shortened form of Whitston, or "White Stone," another popular surname.

Whitesun Early Origins



The surname Whitesun was first found in Sussex, where the name was well-established prior to the 14th century. Whitson is a village in the outskirts of the city of Newport, south Wales. It's origin is unrelated to the surname as the village is believed to be derived from word "Whitestone."

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Whitesun Early History


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Whitesun Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whitesun research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1318, 1327, 1369, 1558, 1629, 1605 and 1628 are included under the topic Early Whitesun History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Whitesun Spelling Variations


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Whitesun Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Whitson, Whiteson, Whitsun, Whitesun, Witesone and others.

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Whitesun Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Whitesun Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of this surname at this time include: John Whitson (c 1558-1629), an English merchant and politician, Member of Parliament for Bristol in 1605 and in 1628...

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whitesun Notables 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Ann Whitson, who arrived in Virginia in 1654; as well as Ephraim Whitson, who arrived in New York in 1812; at the age of 26.

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