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,
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 Witehead family
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
Early History of the Witehead family
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.
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.
Early Notables of the Witehead 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 Witehead Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Witehead family to 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.
Migration of the Witehead family to the New World and Oceana
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.
The Witehead 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.