Whittemore History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Whittemore family

The surname Whittemore was first found in Staffordshire where Whitmore is a parish in the union Newcastle-under-Lyme in the hundred of Pirehill and dates back to the Domesday Book [1] where it was listed as Witemore.

The name was derived from the Old English words hwit + mor which collectively mean "white moor or marsh" [2]

The parish has remained rather small in population as in 1873 it listed only 367 inhabitants. Whitmore Hall, is still standing today and was held by the Whitmore family until the 16th century when Alice Boghay, a Whitmore heiress married Edward Mainwaring of Biddulph. From then on, it passed to the Cavenagh-Mainwaring family who still hold the hall as a private residence today. It is important to now note the younger Shropshire branch of the family.

"This is a younger branch of an ancient family formerly seated at Whittimere or Whitmore, in the parish of Claverley, where it is traced to the reign of Henry III. " [3]

Early History of the Whittemore family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whittemore research. Another 112 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1620, 1572, 1648, 1620, 1593, 1612, 1653, 1640, 1637, 1699, 1661, 1599, 1677, 1659, 1677, 1666, 1695, 1654 and 1593 are included under the topic Early Whittemore History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Whittemore Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Whitmore, Whitmer, Whytemere, Whitemore, Whittimere, Whittimore and many more.

Early Notables of the Whittemore family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir William Whitmore (1572-1648), an English landowner and politician, Sheriff of Shropshire in 1620, he inherited Apley Hall, Shropshire on the death of his father in 1593; Sir Thomas Whitmore, 1st Baronet (1612-1653), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Bridgnorth in 1640; Sir William Whitmore, 2nd Baronet (1637-1699), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Bridgnorth in...
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Ireland Migration of the Whittemore family to Ireland

Some of the Whittemore 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 Whittemore migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Whittemore Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Elizabeth Whittemore, aged 57, who arrived in New England in 1635 [4]
  • Lawrence Whittemore, aged 63, who arrived in New England in 1635 [4]
  • Thomas Whittemore, who landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1642 [4]

Canada Whittemore migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Whittemore Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Ezekiel Whittemore, who landed in Canada in 1828

Contemporary Notables of the name Whittemore (post 1700) +

  • Rodney "Rod" L. Whittemore, American politician and businessperson, Member of the Maine Senate (2010-)
  • Thomas Whittemore (1871-1950), American scholar and archaeologist who founded the Byzantine Institute of America
  • Anne Whittemore (b. 1971), birth name Liz Wilde, an American radio personality best known for her shock jock radio program, The Liz Wilde Show
  • John Whittemore (1899-2005), American Masters athlete who had his last competition six weeks before his 105th birthday
  • Jo Whittemore (b. 1977), American author of books for children and teens
  • Frederick Harvey Whittemore (b. 1952), American lawyer, lobbyist and businessman, President of Coyote Springs Investment, LLC
  • Samuel Whittemore (1694-1793), American farmer, hew was the oldest known colonial combatant in the American Revolutionary War at the age of 78
  • James D. Whittemore (b. 1962), American jurist, Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida (2000-)
  • Edward Whittemore (1933-1995), American novelist of five novels written between 1974 and 1987 and a case officer in the Central Intelligence Agency's Directorate of Operations
  • Reed Whittemore (1919-2012), American poet, writer and academic, Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1964, and in 1984
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Andrew Tiny Whittemore, American Mess Attendant Second Class from Tennessee, 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 [5]


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ 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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