Early Origins of the Whystum family
The surname Whystum was first found in Lanarkshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland
, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire
, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, where they held a family seat
from ancient times in the reign of King Malcolm IV in 1153, in the village of Wicestun.
Further south in England, Whiston can be found in Lancashire, Northamptonshire, Staffordshire and Yorkshire. Here the place name literally means "white stone." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Whystum family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whystum research.Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1100, 1260, 1292, 1300, 1358, 1667 and 1752 are included under the topic Early Whystum History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Whystum Spelling Variations
In Medieval times, spelling and translation were not nearly so highly developed as today. They were generally carried out according to the sound and intuition of the bearer. For that reason spelling variations
are extremely common among early Scottish names. Whystum has been spelled Whiston, Wiston and others.
Early Notables of the Whystum family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Whystum family to Ireland
Some of the Whystum family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 173 words (12 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 Whystum family to the New World and Oceana
Unrest, poverty, and persecution caused thousands to look for opportunity and freedom in the North American colonies. The crossing was long, overcrowded, and unsanitary, though, and came only at great expense. Many Strathclyde families settled on the east coast of North America in communities that would form the backbone of what would become the great nations of the United States and Canada. The American War of Independence
caused those who remained loyal to England
to move north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, Strathclyde and other Scottish families across North America began to recover their collective heritage through highland games and Clan
societies. Among them: William Whistons settled in Virginia in 1670; Nathanial, James, and Charles Whiston, all settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1820 and 1874.