Whitson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Whitson family

The surname Whitson 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. Today Cape Whitson is a headland on the south coast of Laurie Island, the easternmost and second largest of the South Orkney Islands of Antarctica; it supports a large breeding colony of about 13,000 pairs of Chinstrap Penguins.

Early History of the Whitson family

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

Whitson Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Whiston, Wiston, Whitson and others.

Early Notables of the Whitson family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Whitson family to Ireland

Some of the Whitson 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 Whitson migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Whitson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Ann Whitson, who arrived in Virginia in 1654
  • Ann Whitson, who landed in Virginia in 1654 [1]
Whitson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ephraim Whitson, aged 26, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Ephraim Whitson, who arrived in New York in 1812 at the age of 26
Whitson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John Whitson, aged 35, who landed in America from Blakeney, Gloucestershire, in 1905
  • John Whitson, aged 27, who landed in America from Selkirk, Scotland, in 1905
  • Beatrice Whitson, aged 18, who immigrated to America from Small Heath, in 1906
  • Georges Whitson, aged 25, who landed in America from Walkends, England, in 1907
  • Helen Whitson, aged 25, who settled in America from Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Whitson migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Whitson Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Agnes Whitson, aged 35, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1909

New Zealand Whitson 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:

Whitson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • A. Whitson, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1878

Contemporary Notables of the name Whitson (post 1700) +

  • Michelle Elaine Whitson, American former model from Kansas, 2nd runner-up to Miss America 1980
  • Edmund Stuart Whitson Jr. (b. 1941), American former politician, Member of the Florida House of Representatives (1967-1971)
  • Stephanie Grace Whitson (b. 1952), American novelist
  • Elizabeth Whitson, American actress, known for Get the Girl (2015), Awkward (2011) and Pretty Little Liars (2010)
  • Karsten E. Whitson (b. 1991), American professional baseball pitcher for the Boston Red Sox
  • Susan Dryden Whitson, American press secretary to First Lady Laura Bush
  • Edward Whitson (1852-1910), United States federal judge who was nominated by President Theodore Roosevelt
  • Frank Whitson (1877-1946), American film actor who appeared in 66 films between 1915 and 1937
  • Richard Shay Whitson (b. 1986), American professional mixed martial arts fighter
  • Beth Slater Whitson (1879-1930), American lyricist, best remembered for the songs "Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland" (1909) and "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" (1910)
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Ernest Hubert Whitson Jr., American Musician Second Class from California, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [2]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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