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The ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England produced the name of Witehead. It was given to a whitehaired or fair-haired person. The surname Witehead 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.

Witehead Early Origins



The surname Witehead 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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Witehead Spelling Variations


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Witehead Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Witehead has appeared include Whitehedd, Whited, Whitehead, Whytehead and others.

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Witehead Early History


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Witehead Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Witehead 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 Witehead History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Witehead Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Witehead 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 Witehead Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Witehead In Ireland


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Witehead In Ireland



Some of the Witehead 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



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Witehead arrived in North America very early: 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


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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. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    3. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. 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.
    6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    11. ...

    The Witehead Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Witehead 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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