The name Whitthan is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Whitthan was a name used for a person with a pale complexion or blond hair. 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. The name means "white man." CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
Early Origins of the Whitthan family
The surname Whitthan was first found in Peebles-shire. The variant Witmar was found in the Domesday Book
of 1086. Other early listings of the name or one of its variants include: Witeman fugitius who was listed in the Pipe Rolls
in 1170; William Witman who was listed in the Pipe Rolls
in 1230; Richard Wyteman who was listed in the Assize Rolls of Staffordshire
in 1243; and Stephen Whytman who was listed in the Assize Rolls of Somerset
in 1243. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Whitthan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whitthan research.Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1688, 1716, 1566, 1612 and are included under the topic Early Whitthan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Whitthan Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Whitthan include Whiteman, Whitman, Wightman, Whyteman and others.
Early Notables of the Whitthan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Whitthan family to Ireland
Some of the Whitthan family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 103 words (7 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 Whitthan family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Whitthan were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Robert Whiteman settled in New England
in 1635; Matthew Whiteman arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733; John Whiteman settled in Philadelphia in 1741.