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Family spelling variants includes Whyte, Whites, Whitt, Whitta, Witte, Witt, Witts, Wythe

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Family spelling variants include Whyte, Whites, Whitt, Whitta, Witte, Witt, Witts, Wythe.

There are approximately 920,140 White family members around the world. In general you can double this figure to include those related to the White names to allow for those connected to the name through maiden name connections.

It is estimated that the largest group of White family members live USA with 660,491 (71.8%) members, England with 98,791 (10.7%), Canada with 52,381 (5.7%), Australia with 51,916 (5.6%), South Africa with 27,122 (2.9%), Ireland with 9,513 (1%), Scotland with 8,191 (0.9%), New Zealand with 6,565 (0.7%) and Wales with 5,170 (0.6%) members.

An English nickname from Middle English white, wit, from an Old English byname hw?t ‘white’, referring to fair hair or pale complexion. 

An English locative name for someone who lived by a bend or curve in a river or road (Old English *wiht ‘bend’), the source of the name of Great Whyte (Ramsey, Hunts).

Early bearers of the surname include: þurcil Hwita, Wite, Wita, 1038, 1086 in Tengvik (Herefs); Ordgar se Wite, about 1070 in Tengvik (Somerset); Alestanus hwit, 1086 in Winton Domesday (Hants); Alwin Wit, 1086 in Domesday Book (Hants); Uuiaett Hwite, about 1097–1107 in Black; Lewinus Wite, about 1114 in Burton Chartulary (Staffs); Hugo Wit, 1190 in Bury Saint Edmunds Kalendar (Suffolk); Thomas White, 1538 in IGI (Houghton Regis, Beds); Willmi Whyte, 1539 in IGI (Awre with Blakeney, Gloucs); George White, 1569 in IGI (Perth, Perths); Margaret Whites, 1676 in IGI (Exhall near Coventry, Warwicks).

John White, an English convict from Kent, was transported aboard the “William Jardine” ship on 10 August 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia. 

In 1891 census, there were 94,312 occurrences in England and Wales and a further 8,939 in Scotland.

In 1881, the surname was widespread across England. In the South of England, Kent was a top county for the surname with 3,926 occurrences. It was a top surname for the Upper Hardres district near the city of Canterbury.

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by White in the UK. The most common White occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer and a less common occupation was Coal Miner. 

Edward Higgins White (1930-1967) U.S. astronaut and test pilot. He was the first American to walk in space, on 3rd June 1965. He tragically died during a pre-launch test for the first manned Apollo Mission.

1881, 1891 Census

1881 Census in Kent

Dictionary of American Family Homes, P Hanks OUP 2003

Homes of Family Names in Great Britain, H.B. Guppy, London 1890

The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland, P.Hanks, Coats, McClure OUP 2016

1860 Lower, Mark A Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom, London: J.R Smith. Public Domain

1857 Arthur, William An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain


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Why are William and Suzanna White and sons Resolved and Peregrine(first Northern European born in America)of the Mayflower voyage not included here.

jacquelyn stokes

Looking for any information on William White born 9/12/1819 Ireland- died 1898 Westport N.Y. USA. His father was also William White born around 1780.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 1 of 3) The White name has a long history in British Isles, but now DNA and some recorded history says their origin is from the Emerald Island. The White story [dominated by DNA tribal marker R1b-L513, Subgroup B2] can trace their origins to the Finn Valley in Donegal, Ireland from 50 BCE. Perhaps the journey begins with the Clanna Dedad; Deda, son of Sen or Deda Mac Sin. The White surname origin is from Clan Domnaill [DNA Tribe R1b-L513, Subgroup B1] and relations who remain in Ireland take the modern surname (O’)Donnelly, McDonald and Donohue in Ireland.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 2 of 3) According to research, the Domnaill name is also found in Brittany, France. It is a very old name which appears in the 5th century Roman inscriptions as Dumnovellaunos in Brittany meaning “Deep Valour” equivalent to Irish Domhnaill. But how could this be? Recent discoveries from DNA testing are unlocking the migration patterns of Celtic tribes as late as 800 CE to 1200 CE. The Traylor story begins in pre-history Ireland then moves to Wales where the family can be traced back to their Welsh tribe Cydifor Fawr. Many of his kin will then move to Brittany, France during the Dark Ages.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 3 of 3) Discover their newly found untold story and how forgotten texts bring their story back to life. From the ebook, “The Tribe Within” learn how DNA unfolds this amazing tale and if you look in the right places, how history narrates this evidence. There is another written account of their story, but it is camouflaged in smoke and myth – it will become the tales of King Arthur. Come follow in the footsteps of Deda Mac Sin and visit

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