First name origin & meaning:
English: From the white island
First name variations: Whitnee, Whitnie, Whitny, Whittney
Last name origins & meanings:
- English: habitational name from a place 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’.
- John Whitney came from London, England, to Watertown, MA, in 1635,
and had numerous prominent descendents.
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