When James White Sr was born on 16 April 1705, in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, his father, John White, was 42 and his mother, Lydia Gilman, was 36. He married Abigail Peaslee on 9 April 1728, in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He died on 30 May 1788, in Plaistow, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Maplewood Cemetery, Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.
English: from Middle English white, wit (Old English hwīt ‘white’), hence a nickname for someone with white hair or a pale complexion. In some cases it is perhaps from a Middle English survival of the Old English personal name Hwīta, a short form of names in Hwīt- (from hwīt ‘white’). The name may also be topographic, referring to someone who lived by a bend or curve in a river or road (from Old English wiht ‘bend’), the source of the placename of Great Whyte in Ramsey, Huntingdonshire (compare Wight ). This name is also a variant of Wight . The surname White is also very common among African Americans.
Irish and Scottish: adopted for any of several Irish and Scottish Gaelic names based on bán ‘white, fair’ (see Bain 1, McElwain ) or fionn ‘fair’ (see Finn 1). The English surname has been Gaelicized in Ireland as de Faoite.
Americanized form (translation into English) of various European surnames meaning ‘white’, for example German Weiss , French Blanc , Polish Białas (see Bialas ), Slovenian Belec , or any other synonymous Slavic surname beginning with Bel-, Bev-, Biel- or Bil-.