The earliest origins of the Whytehaead surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was a whitehaired or fair-haired person. The surname Whytehaead is derived from the Old English words hwit,
which means white,
which means head.
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.
Early Origins of the Whytehaead family
The surname Whytehaead was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, both before and after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Whytehaead family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whytehaead research.Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1300, 1523, 1537, 1629, 1609, 1625, 1594, 1663, 1628, 1653, 1629, 1684 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Whytehaead History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Whytehaead Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Whytehaead are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Whytehaead include: Whitehedd, Whited, Whitehead, Whytehead and others.
Early Notables of the Whytehaead family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Phillip Whitehead, Sheriff of Linlithgow; Sir Henry Whitehead (died 1629) was an English politician, High Sheriff
(1609), Member of Parliament for Hampshire
(1625); Richard Whitehead or Whithed (1594-c 1663), an... Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whytehaead Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Whytehaead family to Ireland
Some of the Whytehaead family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 53 words (4 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 Whytehaead family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Whytehaead or a variant listed above: Daniel Whitehead settled at Hempstead in New York in 1631; Richard Whitehead settled in New England
in 1630; John Whitehead settled in New Haven Conn. in 1630.
The Whytehaead 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: Dum spiro spero
Motto Translation: While I have breath I hope.