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Where did the English Whitmoss family come from? What is the English Whitmoss family crest and coat of arms? When did the Whitmoss family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Whitmoss family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Whitmarsh, Witmarsh, Whitmoss, Witmass, Whitmass and others.

First found in Wiltshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held lands.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whitmoss research. Another 139 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Whitmoss History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Whitmoss Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Alice Whitmarsh, who settled in Massachusetts in 1635; John Whitmarsh, who settled in Massachusetts in 1635; James Whitmarsh, who arrived in South Carolina between the years 1670-1694.

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  9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. 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 Whitmoss Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Whitmoss 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 7 January 2014 at 13:22.

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