Whitsons History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Whitsons is an unusual combination of a nickname and a patronymic. The suffix indicates that it identifies the bearer by his father. Most patronymics refer to the father's first name, such as "Johnson." However, this name means "son of White," a name that the father must have earned because of some physical feature, probably white hair or an exceptionally pale complexion. Another, less likely possibility, is that the name is a shortened form of Whitston, or "White Stone," another popular surname.

Early Origins of the Whitsons family

The surname Whitsons was first found in Sussex, where the name was well-established prior to the 14th century. Whitson is a village in the outskirts of the city of Newport, south Wales. It's origin is unrelated to the surname as the village is believed to be derived from word "Whitestone." [1]

Early History of the Whitsons family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whitsons research. Another 48 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1318, 1327, 1369, 1558, 1629, 1605, 1628, 1557 and 1585 are included under the topic Early Whitsons History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Whitsons Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Whitson, Whiteson, Whitsun, Whitesun, Witesone and others.

Early Notables of the Whitsons family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: John Whitson (c 1558-1629), an English merchant and politician, Member of Parliament for Bristol in 1605 and in 1628; his monument in St Nicholas described his as "a worthy pattern to all who came after him." Musketeers fired three volleys over his grave for his service. "He was born in 1557 at Clearwell in the parish of Newland, Gloucestershire and at the age of eighteen went to...
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Migration of the Whitsons family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Ann Whitson, who arrived in Virginia in 1654; as well as Ephraim Whitson, who arrived in New York in 1812; at the age of 26.



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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