Anglo-Saxon name Whithead come from its first bearer, who was a whitehaired or fair-haired person. The surname Whithead is derived from the Old English words hwit, which means white, and heafod, which means head. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.
Early Origins of the Whithead family
Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, both before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Whithead family
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Whithead Spelling Variations
hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Whithead has been spelled many different ways, including Whitehedd, Whited, Whitehead, Whytehead and others.
Early Notables of the Whithead family (pre 1700)
High Sheriff of Hampshire (1609), Member of Parliament for Hampshire (1625); Richard Whitehead or Whithed (1594-c 1663), an...
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Migration of the Whithead family to Ireland
Some of the Whithead family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Whithead family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Whitheads to arrive in North America:
Whithead Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Whithead Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
The Whithead 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: Dum spiro spero
Motto Translation: While I have breath I hope.
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