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Whyte Genealogy and Whyte Family History Information

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  • Agnes White (c.1507 - 1571)
    Married a distant relative, Sir Thomas White of the South Warnborne branch of the family (more closely related to White of Hutton). They had approximately twenty children, fourteen (maybe only thirteen...
  • Anne Whyte (c.1580 - 1648)
    From Rev John White MA (1574/5-1648) (Also spelt Whyte or Whight) Patriarch of Dorchester & Founder of Massachusetts ©Compiled by Michael Russell OPC for Fordington February 2009 Last updated Ja...
  • Sir George Whyte, Kt. (c.1530 - 1584)
    Sir George White jr was the first member of the White family to own and reside at Hutton Hall. He was not born there, though he may have been born in the township of Hutton. He purchased the Hall somew...
  • James Whyte (1820 - 1882)
    James Whyte (30 March 1820 – 20 August 1882) was a Scottish-born Australian politician who served as the sixth Premier of Tasmania, from 20 January 1863 to 24 November 1866.
  • James Whyte (c.1620 - d.)
    Married to Margaret Sandilands in Edinburgh in 1642. His occupation was listed as "cordiner" (shoemaker). Per Edinburgh Marriage Records, 1555-1670, as published by the Scottish Records Society, Part...

About the Whyte surname

This name, with variant spellings White, Whitt, Whyte, Witt(e) and Witts, has two possible origins; the first deriving from the Olde English pre 7th Century "hwit(a)" meaning white and originally given as a nickname to one with fair hair or pale complexion. The surname from this source is first recorded in the early half of the 11th Century (see below). One Alestanus Hwit appears in the 1066 Winton Rolls of Hampshire, and an Alwin Wit in the Domesday Book of 1086 for Hampshire. Berwaldus le White is recorded in the 12th Century "Documents of the Danelaw", London. A second distinct possibility is that the name is topographic for one who lived by a bend or curve in a road or river. The derivation is from the Olde English "wiht", a bend. Ralf de Wyte and Jon Atte Wyte are recorded in Somerset and Sussex in 1279 and 1296 respectively. One William Whyte married Janet Pringle on February 21st 1650 at Edinburgh, Midlothian, in Scotland. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Thurcil Hwita, which was dated 1038, in the "Old English Byname Register for Herefordshire", during the reign of King Harold 1, known as "Harefoot", 1035 - 1040. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

•Immigration Records: 355 Whytes found

Whyte is a surname, and may refer to:

Alain Whyte Alexander Whyte Alison Whyte Chris Whyte David Whyte Derek Whyte Frederick Methvan Whyte inventor of the Whyte notation for steam locomotives George Whyte-Melville Greg Whyte Heather Stewart-Whyte Hugh F. Durrant-Whyte Ian Whyte Jack Whyte James Aitken Whyte James Whyte (Australian politician) John H. Whyte John Whyte-Melville-Skeffington, 13th Viscount Massereene Kenneth Whyte Lancelot Law Whyte Scott Whyte William Foote Whyte William H. Whyte William Pinkney Whyte See also White (disambiguation) White (surname) Whyte (disambiguation)