Whyte History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the historical and enchanting region of Scotland emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Whyte family. Originally, the Scottish people were known only by a single name. Scottish surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name Whyte is a nickname type of surname for a pale or fair haired person. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word "hwit," meaning "white."

Early Origins of the Whyte family

The surname Whyte was first found in at Coldingham, a village in Berwickshire an ancient county of Scotland, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland, where "Uuiaett Hwite" witnessed King Eadgar's charter of Coldingham, sometime between the years 1097 and 1107. It appears the name may have actually predated the Norman invasion as Old English personal names such as "Huita, Huuita, Hwita" are known to have predated 1066. One Old English charter dated before 925 (the Cartularium Saxonica), there is a "Wulfnoo hwita" listed. Whyte was also used as an Anglicized form of the Gaelic MacGhillebhain. By the mid 12th century, however, most of the bearers of this name in Scotland were of Norman descent. They held a family seat from very early times.

Early History of the Whyte family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whyte research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1236, 1376, 1426, and 1658 are included under the topic Early Whyte History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Whyte Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: White, Whyte, Wight and others.

Early Notables of the Whyte family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Whyte Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Whyte family to Ireland

Some of the Whyte family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 76 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Whyte migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Whyte Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Daniel Whyte, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1813 [1]
  • Nicholas Whyte, aged 30, who landed in St Louis, Missouri in 1840 [1]
  • Frederich Whyte, aged 26, who arrived in St Louis, Missouri in 1842 [1]
  • Joseph Whyte, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1845 [1]
  • Agnes Bryson Whyte, who arrived in Georgia in 1853 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Whyte migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Whyte Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Whyte, Scottish convict who was convicted in Glasgow, Scotland for 14 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 19th November 1827, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Mary Whyte, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1848 [3]
  • Mr. William Whyte, (b. 1830), aged 25, Cornish agricultural labourer departing from Plymouth on 21st October 1854 aboard the ship "Oithona" arriving in Portland, Victoria, Australia on 30th January 1855 [4]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Whyte, (b. 1832), aged 23, Cornish settler departing from Plymouth on 21st October 1854 aboard the ship "Oithona" arriving in Portland, Victoria, Australia on 30th January 1855 [4]
  • Mr. Thomas Whyte, (b. 1854), aged Infant, Cornish settler departing from Plymouth on 21st October 1854 aboard the ship "Oithona" arriving in Portland, Victoria, Australia on 30th January 1855 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Whyte migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Whyte Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Whyte, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Jura" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 23rd September 1858 [5]
  • Mr. Thomas Whyte, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Jura" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 23rd September 1858 [5]
  • Mrs. Whyte, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow with 5 children aboard the ship "Jura" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 23rd September 1858 [5]
  • Miss Elizabeth Whyte, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Jura" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 23rd September 1858 [5]
  • Mr. William Whyte, Scottish settler travelling from Leith aboard the ship 'Melbourne' arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 18th March 1861 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Whyte (post 1700) +

  • Joe Whyte (b. 1961), American actor and voice actor
  • Scott Whyte (b. 1978), American actor
  • Ronald Melville Whyte (1941-1989), American playwright, critic, and disability rights activist
  • William Hollingsworth "Holly" Whyte (1917-1999), American urbanist, organizational analyst, journalist
  • Zack Whyte (1898-1967), American jazz bandleader
  • John N. "Jock" Whyte (1921-1998), Scottish professional footballer
  • Alexander Whyte (1836-1921), Scottish divine
  • James Whyte (1868-1957), the third Roman Catholic Bishop of Dunedin
  • James Whyte (1820-1882), Scottish-born, Australian politician who served as the sixth Premier of Tasmania
  • Derek Whyte (b. 1968), former Scottish footballer
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mrs. Mary Whyte (1886-1914), née Knox Canadian Second Class Passenger from New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [6]
  • Miss Jennie Whyte (1913-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [6]


The Whyte 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: Labore parta
Motto Translation: Acquired by work.


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 8th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1827
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FORFARSHIRE 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Forfarshire.htm
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html


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