When Orson Kimball Whitney was born on 20 January 1830, in Kirtland Township, Lake, Ohio, United States, his father, Newel Kimball Whitney, was 34 and his mother, Elizabeth Ann Smith, was 29. He married Joanna Hickey Robertson on 10 March 1851, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. He died on 31 July 1884, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 54, and was buried in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.
English: habitational name from Whitney in Herefordshire, the etymology of which is uncertain. The second element is Old English ēg ‘island, piece of higher ground in a low-lying area’; the first appears to be hwītan, which is either the genitive singular of an Old English byname Hwīta (meaning ‘white’), or the weak dative case (originally used after a preposition and article) of the adjective hwīt ‘white’. The name may also derive from Whitney (now Whitney Wood) in Stevenage (Hertfordshire), probably named from Old English hwītan ‘white’ + (ge)hæge ‘enclosure’.
History: John Whitney came from London, England, to Watertown, MA, in 1635, and had numerous prominent descendents.
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