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Whitney is one of the many names that the Normans brought with them when they conquered England in 1066. The Whitney family lived in Herefordshire, at the village of Whitney.

Whitney Early Origins



The surname Whitney was first found in Herefordshire where Harold de Whitney held the Lordship of Whitney from St. Guthlac's Church.

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Whitney Spelling Variations


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Whitney Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Whitney, Witney and others.

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Whitney Early History


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Whitney Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whitney research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1377, 1413 and 1436 are included under the topic Early Whitney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Whitney Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Whitney Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whitney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Whitney In Ireland


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Whitney In Ireland



Some of the Whitney family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Whitney name or one of its variants:

Whitney Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Ellen Whitney, aged 30, arrived in New England in 1635
  • Jo Whitney, aged 35, landed in New England in 1635
  • John Whitney, who arrived in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1635
  • Jonathan Whitney, aged 1, landed in New England in 1635
  • Nathaniell Whitney, aged 8, arrived in New England in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Whitney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Samuel Whitney, who settled in Boston in 1765
  • Robert Whitney, who arrived in New York in 1795
  • David Whitney, whose oath of allegiance was recorded in New York city in 1797

Whitney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Whitney, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850

Whitney Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Edward L Whitney, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1904
  • Albert Whitney, aged 64, who landed in America from London, in 1905
  • Ann Eliza Whitney, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States from Macclesfield, England, in 1907
  • Annie Whitney, aged 22, who settled in America from Sole, England, in 1907
  • Bridget Whitney, aged 16, who landed in America from Drumlish, Ireland, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Whitney Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Miss. Betty Whitney U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 daughter of Sylvanus and Betty Whitney [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Miss. Hannah Whitney U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 daughter of Josiah and Sarah Whitney listed as a child less than 10 years of age [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Huldah Whitney U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 son of Sylvanus and Betty Whitney [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. John Whitney U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 son of Josiah and Sarah Whitney listed as a child less than 10 years of age [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Josiah Whitney U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 son of Josiah and Sarah Whitney [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Whitney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Whitney, aged 36, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Marion"
  • Elizabeth Whitney, aged 31, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Marion" in 1849
  • William Whitney, aged 36, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Marion" in 1849
  • Elizabeth Whitney, aged 9, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Marion" in 1849
  • John Whitney, aged 34, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Shackamaxon"

Whitney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Ellen Whitney arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Owen Glendowner" in 1864
  • William Whitney arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lorraine" in 1879

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Contemporary Notables of the name Whitney (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Whitney (post 1700)



  • Charles Andrew Whitney (1864-1912), American businessman and industrialist
  • Charlotte Anita Whitney (1867-1955), American women's rights activist, political activist, suffragist
  • Benson Kelley Whitney (b. 1956), American diplomat, United States Ambassador to Norway from 2006 to 2009
  • Asa Whitney (b. 1791), American manufacturer, inventor, railroad executive and politician
  • Asa Whitney (1797-1874), American dry-goods merchant and transcontinental railroad promoter, one of the first backers of an American transcontinental railway
  • Anne Whitney (b. 1821), American sculptor and poet
  • Amos Whitney (1832-1920), American mechanical engineer and Connecticut inventor, co-founder of the Pratt & Whitney company
  • Wheelock "Whee" Whitney Jr. (1926-2016), American businessman, educator, sports team executive and owner
  • Davey L. "Wiz" Whitney (1930-2015), American college head basketball coach at Texas Southern University (1964-1969) and Alcorn State University (1969-1989) and (1996-2003), inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010
  • Grace Lee Whitney (1930-2015), born Mary Ann Chase, an American actress and entertainer, best known for her role as Janice Rand, Captain Kirk's assistant on the original Star Trek television series
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Whitney


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Suggested Readings for the name Whitney



  • Whitney Genealogy by Fred F. Whitney.
  • The Whitneys: An Informal Portrait, 1635-1975 by Edwin P. Hoyt.
  • Family of Ruth Whitney Lawrence by Georgene Sones.

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Motto


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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: Volens et valens
Motto Translation: Willing and able.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  2. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  4. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
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The Whitney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Whitney 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 4 December 2016 at 09:29.

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