The name Witemen comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It was a name for a person with a pale complexion or blond hair. 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. The name means "white man." CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
Early Origins of the Witemen family
The surname Witemen was first found in Peebles-shire. The variant Witmar was found in the Domesday Book
of 1086. Other early listings of the name or one of its variants include: Witeman fugitius who was listed in the Pipe Rolls
in 1170; William Witman who was listed in the Pipe Rolls
in 1230; Richard Wyteman who was listed in the Assize Rolls of Staffordshire
in 1243; and Stephen Whytman who was listed in the Assize Rolls of Somerset
in 1243. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Witemen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Witemen research.Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1688, 1716, 1566, 1612 and are included under the topic Early Witemen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Witemen Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Witemen has undergone many spelling variations
, including Whiteman, Whitman, Wightman, Whyteman and others.
Early Notables of the Witemen family (pre 1700)
Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Witemen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Witemen family to Ireland
Some of the Witemen family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 103 words (7 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 Witemen family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Witemen were among those contributors: Robert Whiteman settled in New England
in 1635; Matthew Whiteman arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733; John Whiteman settled in Philadelphia in 1741.