When Helen Louise White was born on 14 October 1899, in Dumas, Desha, Arkansas, United States, her father, Joseph Anderson White, was 40 and her mother, Emma Lewis Thetford, was 31. She married Samual Grayson Lawrence II on 30 June 1923, in Ouachita, Arkansas, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She lived in El Dorado, Union, Arkansas, United States in 1923 and Hinds, Mississippi, United States in 1940. She died on 14 May 1999, in Pine Bluff, Jefferson, Arkansas, United States, at the age of 99.
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-.