Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a whitehaired or fair-haired person. The surname Whytehead is derived from the Old English words hwit, which means white, and heafod, 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 Whytehead family
Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, both before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Whytehead family
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Whytehead Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Whytehead have been found, including Whitehedd, Whited, Whitehead, Whytehead and others.
Early Notables of the Whytehead family (pre 1700)
High Sheriff of Hampshire (1609), Member of Parliament for Hampshire (1625); Richard Whitehead or Whithed (1594-c 1663), an...
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Migration of the Whytehead family to Ireland
Some of the Whytehead family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Whytehead family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Whytehead, 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 Whytehead 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.
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