The surname of WHITTED was a nickname 'the one with white-hair' a common sobriquet in early times. The name is also spelt WHITEHEAD, WHITHEAD, WITHEAD and WITTED. Following the crusades in Europe in the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries, a need was felt for a family name to replace the one given at birth, or in addition to it. This was recognized by those of noble birth, and particularly by those who went on the Crusades, as it added prestige and practical advantage to their status. The name was taken early to Scotland by settlers and Adam Whytehevde de Goton, was a juror on an inquisition there in 1300. Roger Witheved, County Huntingdonshire in the year 1373. Henry Quhitehede was the burgess of Edinburgh in 1423, and Andrew Quhytheide was the vicar of Lownane in 1485. Adam Whitehead of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Owen Whitehead married Mary Russel at St. Michael, Cornhill, London in 1745. The burghs of Scotland owe much of their prosperity to the large immigration of foreigners which went on during the 12th and 13th centuries. The original founders of the towns, were in many cases wanderers from Flanders, who brought with them their habits of industry and knowledge of trade and manufactures. Settlers of this description came in great numbers to England in the reign of Henry I (1100-1135) and when Henry II (1154-1189) drove all foreigners out of his dominions they flocked into Scotland, where a more enlightened policy made them welcome. An interesting member of the name was Paul Whitehead (1710-74) the English satirist, born in Holborn, a tailor's son. He was apprenticed to a mercer, and later married a short-lived lady with a fortune of ten thousand pounds. He spent some years in Fleet prison for the non-payment of a sum which he had used as security. He later became active in politics, and became deputy treasurer of the Chamber. His 'Collected Works' appeared in 1777.
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