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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.

Whitsons Early Origins



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."

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Whitsons Spelling Variations


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Whitsons Spelling Variations



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

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Whitsons Early History


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Whitsons Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whitsons research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1318, 1327, 1369, 1558, 1629, 1605 and 1628 are included under the topic Early Whitsons History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Whitsons Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Whitsons Early Notables (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...

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whitsons Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    5. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    7. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
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    The Whitsons Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Whitsons 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.

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