The earliest origins of the Wightmynd surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was 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 Wightmynd family
The surname Wightmynd 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 Wightmynd family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wightmynd research.Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1688, 1716, 1566, 1612 and are included under the topic Early Wightmynd History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wightmynd 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 Wightmynd 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 Wightmynd include: Whiteman, Whitman, Wightman, Whyteman and others.
Early Notables of the Wightmynd family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wightmynd family to Ireland
Some of the Wightmynd 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 Wightmynd 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 Wightmynd 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.