The name Witehaead is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Witehaead was a name used for a whitehaired or fair-haired person. The surname Witehaead 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 Witehaead family
The surname Witehaead 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 Witehaead family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Witehaead 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 Witehaead History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Witehaead Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Witehaead include Whitehedd, Whited, Whitehead, Whytehead and others.
Early Notables of the Witehaead 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 Witehaead Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Witehaead family to Ireland
Some of the Witehaead 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 Witehaead family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Witehaead were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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 Witehaead 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.