John White

28 February 1720–
Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland

The Life of John

When John White was christened on 28 February 1720, in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, his father, John White, was 21 and his mother, Margaret Ferguson, was 23. He married Isobell Bowman on 26 July 1747, in Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters.

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John White
Isobell Bowman
Marriage: 26 July 1747
Peter White
Robert White
Christian White
Elizabeth Whyte

Spouse and Children

26 July 1747
Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom


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Name Meaning

1 English, Scottish, and Irish: from Middle English whit ‘white’, hence a nickname for someone with white hair or an unnaturally pale complexion. In some cases it represents a Middle English personal name, from an Old English byname, Hwīt(a), of this origin. As a Scottish and Irish surname it has been widely used as a translation of the many Gaelic names based on bán ‘white’ ( see Bain 1) or fionn ‘fair’ ( see Finn 1). There has also been some confusion with Wight .2 Translated form of cognate and equivalent names in other languages, such as German Weiss , French Blanc , Polish Białas ( see Bialas ), etc.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • John White in entry for Peter White, "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
  • John Whyt in entry for Robert Whyt, "Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
  • John Whyte in entry for Christian Whyte, "Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"

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