The origins of the Whittehead surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name originated with an early member who was a whitehaired or fair-haired person. The surname Whittehead is derived from the Old English words hwit,
which means white,
which means head.
A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname
surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.
Early Origins of the Whittehead family
The surname Whittehead was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, both before and after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Whittehead family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whittehead research.Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1300, 1523, 1537, 1629, 1609, 1625, 1594, 1663, 1628, 1653, 1629, 1684 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Whittehead History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Whittehead Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Whittehead has been recorded under many different variations, including Whitehedd, Whited, Whitehead, Whytehead and others.
Early Notables of the Whittehead family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Phillip Whitehead, Sheriff of Linlithgow; Sir Henry Whitehead (died 1629) was an English politician, High Sheriff
(1609), Member of Parliament for Hampshire
(1625); Richard Whitehead or Whithed (1594-c 1663), an... Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whittehead Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Whittehead family to Ireland
Some of the Whittehead family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 53 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Whittehead family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Whittehead or a variant listed above: Daniel Whitehead settled at Hempstead in New York in 1631; Richard Whitehead settled in New England
in 1630; John Whitehead settled in New Haven Conn. in 1630.
The Whittehead Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Dum spiro spero
Motto Translation: While I have breath I hope.