Whitis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Whitis family

The surname Whitis was first found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, where they held a family seat from ancient times in the reign of King Malcolm IV in 1153, in the village of Wicestun.

Further south in England, Whiston can be found in Lancashire, Northamptonshire, Staffordshire and Yorkshire. Here the place name literally means "white stone." [1]

Early History of the Whitis family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whitis research. Another 98 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1100, 1260, 1292, 1300, 1358, 1667, 1752, 1780 and 1699 are included under the topic Early Whitis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Whitis Spelling Variations

Spelling and translation were hardly exact sciences in Medieval Scotland. Sound, rather than any set of rules, was the basis for spellings, so one name was often spelled different ways even within a single document. Spelling variations are thus an extremely common occurrence in Medieval Scottish names. Whitis has been spelled Whiston, Wiston and others.

Early Notables of the Whitis family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Sir Henry, Lord of Wiceston; and William Whiston (1667-1752), an English theologian, historian, and mathematician, best known for his translation of the Antiquities of the Jews. His son, John Whiston (d. 1780), was an English bookseller "and was probably born within five years of his father's marriage...
Another 55 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whitis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Whitis family to Ireland

Some of the Whitis family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Whitis family

Such hard times forced many to leave their homeland in search of opportunity across the Atlantic. Many of these families settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. The ancestors of many of these families have rediscovered their roots in the 20th century through the establishment of Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Among them: William Whistons settled in Virginia in 1670; Nathanial, James, and Charles Whiston, all settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1820 and 1874.



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)


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