This name, with variant spellings Whithurst, Whiteherst etc., is of English topographical origin from residence by a wood with white barked trees. The component elements of the name are the Old English pre 7th Century "hwit", (Medieval English "whit"), meaning "white", plus, "hyrst", a wood or wooded hill. Several English placenames contain "whit" as a first element including Whitehill in Durham and Whitefield, (Lancashire). The predominance of surname recordings in Church Registers of Newport and Shropshire, from the late 16th Century suggest that there may have been a place in Shropshire called Whit(e)hurst. On April 29th 1598, John Whitehurst, an infant was christened in Newport. Other families belonged to Shrewsbury and Church Stretton. A Coat of Arms held by one branch of the family has a silver and red shield divided per chevron with two sheaves of corn in chief and a horse in base. The motto is "Je Crains Dieu". The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Thomas Whithurst, (marriage to Joyce Smart), which was dated November 25th 1594, Newport, Shropshire, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1, "Good Queen Bess", 1558 - 1603.
How to Join
Please contact the project leader Vicki Norman or leave a comment at the foot of the page. If you have any questions, just ask. Thanks!
This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about one surname and the variants of that name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect.
There is a Whitehurst DNA project a Family Tree DNA. See https://www.familytreedna.com/groups/whitehurst/dna-results
For all recorded DNA connections here at wikitree see