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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, 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.

Witehaead Early Origins



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 in 1066.

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Witehaead Spelling Variations


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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.

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Witehaead Early History


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Witehaead Early History



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.

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Witehaead Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Witehaead Early Notables (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 of Hampshire (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.

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Witehaead In Ireland


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Witehaead In 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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.

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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: Dum spiro spero
Motto Translation: While I have breath I hope.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    2. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    5. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    8. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    11. ...

    The Witehaead Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Witehaead 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 23 May 2013 at 14:02.

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