Whitsey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Whitsey family

The surname Whitsey was first found in Oxfordshire where the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list early spelling of the name: Thomas ate Wytheg; William ate Wytheg; and Nicholas de la Wytheg. The same rolls listed Walter de la Wythege in Southamptonshire. "This surname is derived from a geographical locality. 'at the white hay.' "[1]

Another early rolls included John Witege at Eynsham, Oxfordshire in 1186. Later, Bartholomew atte Withegh was found in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1332 and later again, Edmund de Whitehey was listed in the Assize Rolls for Essex in 1351. [2]

Early History of the Whitsey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whitsey research. Another 58 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1097, 1493, 1586, 1769, 1755, 1835, 1305, 1659, 1864 and 1630 are included under the topic Early Whitsey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Whitsey Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Whitty, Witty and others.

Early Notables of the Whitsey family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Mr. Thomas Whitty, a clothier, who developed the idea from an attempt to imitate the Turkey fabrics in Axminster, Devon in 1755...
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Ireland Migration of the Whitsey family to Ireland

Some of the Whitsey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 149 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Whitsey migration to Australia +

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

Whitsey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Whitsey, English convict who was convicted in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Candahar" on 26th March 1842, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [3]


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 9th December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/candahar


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