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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."

Whyte Early Origins



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.

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Whyte Spelling Variations


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Whyte Spelling Variations



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

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Whyte Early History


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Whyte Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whyte research. Another 339 words (24 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.

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Whyte Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Whyte Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Whyte In Ireland


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Whyte In Ireland



Some of the Whyte family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 110 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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
  • Nicholas Whyte, aged 30, landed in St Louis, Missouri in 1840
  • Frederich Whyte, aged 26, arrived in St Louis, Missouri in 1842
  • Joseph Whyte, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1845
  • Agnes Bryson Whyte, who arrived in Georgia in 1853
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Whyte Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Whyte arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1848
  • William Whyte, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Telegraph"

Whyte Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Whyte, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Hannibal" in 1875
  • Helen Whyte, aged 26, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Hannibal" in 1875
  • Archibald Whyte arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edwin Fox" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Whyte (post 1700)


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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 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Whyte Historic Events


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Whyte Historic Events




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 on May 29th 1914
  • 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 on May 29th 1914

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Motto


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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.


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Whyte Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    6. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    7. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    9. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    11. ...

    The Whyte Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Whyte Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 28 September 2016 at 12:32.

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