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The surname Willhite is derived from the diminutive form of the Old English personal name "Will" or "William." Thus, the name refers to a "son of Willet."

Willhite Early Origins



The surname Willhite was first found in Essex, where the Willhite family held a family seat from very ancient times. Records of the name in Essex and the surrounding shires date back to the Middle Ages, during the years immediately following the Norman Conquest.

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Willhite Spelling Variations


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Willhite Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Willet, Willett, Willhite, Willot, Willitt, Willets and many more.

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Willhite Early History


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Willhite Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Willhite research. Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1736, 1665, 1562, 1621, 1650, 1678, 1633, 1703, 1605 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Willhite History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Willhite Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Willhite Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of this surname at this time include Andrew Willet (1562- 1621), an English clergyman and controversialist; Deborah "Deb" Willet (1650-1678), a young maid employed by Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) whose extramarital liaisons were chronicled...

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Willhite Notables 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:

Willhite Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Michael Willhite, who arrived in Virginia in 1736

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Contemporary Notables of the name Willhite (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Willhite (post 1700)



  • T. S. Willhite, American Republican politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Polk County, 1925-26
  • James N. Willhite, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1964
  • Jon Nicholas Willhite (1941-2008), American Major League Baseball pitcher

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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: Dieu et mon devoir
Motto Translation: God and my work.


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Willhite Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    6. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    7. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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    The Willhite Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Willhite 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 12 January 2016 at 13:35.

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