When Joshua Whitehead was born in March 1855, in Manchester, Clay, Kentucky, United States, his father, William Alexander Whitehead, was 29 and his mother, Susan Blanton, was 20. He died on 20 May 1855, in his hometown, at the age of 0.
English: nickname from Middle English whit ‘white’ + hed ‘head’ (Old English hwīt + hēafod), denoting a person with white or fair hair. Occasionally perhaps from Middle English whīt ‘white’ + hod ‘hood’ (Old English hwīt + hōd).
Irish: adopted by erroneous translation of Ó Ceanndubháin ‘descendant of the little black-headed one’ (see Canavan ), as if from Gaelic ceann ‘head’ + bán ‘white’.
Americanized form (translation into English) of German Weisshaupt (see Weishaupt ) or Weisskopf (see Weiskopf ).
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