Whitmore History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Whitmore family

The surname Whitmore was first found in Staffordshire where Whitmore is a parish in the union Newcastle-under-Lyme in the hundred of Pirehill and dates back to the Domesday Book [1] where it was listed as Witemore.

The name was derived from the Old English words hwit + mor which collectively mean "white moor or marsh" [2]

The parish has remained rather small in population as in 1873 it listed only 367 inhabitants. Whitmore Hall, is still standing today and was held by the Whitmore family until the 16th century when Alice Boghay, a Whitmore heiress married Edward Mainwaring of Biddulph. From then on, it passed to the Cavenagh-Mainwaring family who still hold the hall as a private residence today. It is important to now note the younger Shropshire branch of the family.

"This is a younger branch of an ancient family formerly seated at Whittimere or Whitmore, in the parish of Claverley, where it is traced to the reign of Henry III. " [3]

Early History of the Whitmore family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whitmore research. Another 112 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1620, 1572, 1648, 1620, 1593, 1612, 1653, 1640, 1637, 1699, 1661, 1599, 1677, 1659, 1677, 1666, 1695, 1654 and 1593 are included under the topic Early Whitmore History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Whitmore Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Whitmore, Whitmer, Whytemere, Whitemore, Whittimere, Whittimore and many more.

Early Notables of the Whitmore family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir William Whitmore (1572-1648), an English landowner and politician, Sheriff of Shropshire in 1620, he inherited Apley Hall, Shropshire on the death of his father in 1593; Sir Thomas Whitmore, 1st Baronet (1612-1653), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Bridgnorth in 1640; Sir William Whitmore, 2nd Baronet (1637-1699), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Bridgnorth in...
Another 64 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whitmore Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Whitmore family to Ireland

Some of the Whitmore 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.


United States Whitmore migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Whitmore Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Whitmore, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Robert Whitmore, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1624 [4]
  • John Whitmore, who landed in Connecticut in 1630 [4]
  • Alec Whitmore who settled in St. Christopher in 1634
  • Thomas Whitmore, who arrived in Virginia in 1636 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Whitmore Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Whitmore, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [4]
  • Jacob Whitmore, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1760 [4]
  • Christian Whitmore, who landed in Frederick County, Maryland in 1767 [4]
Whitmore Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Whitmore, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822 [4]

Australia Whitmore migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Whitmore Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Benjamin Whitmore, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839 [5]
  • Ann Whitmore, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839 [5]
  • Samuel Whitmore, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839 [5]
  • Mary Whitmore, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839 [5]
  • William Whitmore, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Whitmore migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Whitmore Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Charles Whitmore, British settler, as the 2nd Detachment of New Zealand Corps of Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Minerva" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 8th October 1847 [6]
  • Sarah Ann Whitmore, aged 19, a servant, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Stately" in 1851
  • Miss Sarah Ann Whitmore, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Stately" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 1st June 1851 [7]
  • Miss Rose Whitmore, (b. 1858), aged 2 months, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Mystery" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 29th March 1859 [6]
  • Mrs. Ann Whitmore, (b. 1828), aged 30, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Mystery" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 29th March 1859 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Whitmore (post 1700) +

  • William G. Whitmore, American politician, Member of University of Nebraska Board of Regents, 1904-17 [8]
  • Seth Whitmore (b. 1909), American politician, Candidate for Governor of Michigan, 1940; Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1940; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 6th District, 1948 [8]
  • Samuel Whitmore, American politician, Delegate to Iowa State Constitutional Convention from Jefferson County, 1844 [8]
  • Ruth M. Whitmore, American politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Ingham County 1st District, 1940 [8]
  • Lou Whitmore, American politician, Mayor of Norfolk, Nebraska, 1984 [8]
  • Richard II Whitmore, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 2008 [8]
  • Joni Whitmore, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Alaska at-large, 1994 [8]
  • John H. Whitmore, American politician, Candidate for Connecticut State Senate 5th District, 1867 [8]
  • John F. Whitmore, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Madison, Wisconsin, 1958-79 [8]
  • Jayno A. Whitmore, American politician, Postmaster at Clam Lake, Michigan, 1875-77 [8]
  • ... (Another 26 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Royal Oak
  • Eric Whitmore (d. 1939), British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [9]
RMS Lusitania


Suggested Readings for the name Whitmore +

  • 2043 "Wetmore History and Some Maternal Lines" by Kathryn Lee Wetmore.

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Lysander.htm
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  10. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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