Origins Available: English
The name Whitsun 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 Whitsun family
The surname Whitsun 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."
Early History of the Whitsun family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whitsun 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 Whitsun History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Whitsun Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Whitson, Whiteson, Whitsun, Whitesun, Witesone and others.
Early Notables of the Whitsun 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... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whitsun Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Whitsun family to the New World and Oceana
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.