Wightghan is a name whose history dates far back into the mists of early British times to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes. It is a name for a person with a pale complexion or blond hair. 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. The name means "white man." CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
Early Origins of the Wightghan family
The surname Wightghan was first found in Peebles-shire. The variant Witmar was found in the Domesday Book
of 1086. Other early listings of the name or one of its variants include: Witeman fugitius who was listed in the Pipe Rolls
in 1170; William Witman who was listed in the Pipe Rolls
in 1230; Richard Wyteman who was listed in the Assize Rolls of Staffordshire
in 1243; and Stephen Whytman who was listed in the Assize Rolls of Somerset
in 1243. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Wightghan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wightghan research.Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1688, 1716, 1566, 1612 and are included under the topic Early Wightghan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wightghan Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Wightghan has been recorded under many different variations, including Whiteman, Whitman, Wightman, Whyteman and others.
Early Notables of the Wightghan family (pre 1700)
Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wightghan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wightghan family to Ireland
Some of the Wightghan family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 103 words (7 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 Wightghan family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Wightghan or a variant listed above: Robert Whiteman settled in New England
in 1635; Matthew Whiteman arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733; John Whiteman settled in Philadelphia in 1741.