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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 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 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 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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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    4. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
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    The Whitesun Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Whitesun 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 24 March 2014 at 15:22.

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