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This was posted on Origin of the surname "Whitehead", and may be deleted before it can be used, if it can even be verified. -- nae'blis (talk) 00:07, 12 February 2006 (UTC)

Origin of the surname "Whitehead."[edit]

WHITEHEAD, English, Irish, Scottish, meaning white or fair-haired.

A surname originating from an English nickname describing a man with fair hair, or prematurely white hair. The name comes from the Middle English whit, meaning white, and heved meaning head.

A north European surname purportedly associated with fair or white hair and unrelated to age or greying.


The definition "A derogatory term for white people." does not appear to be supported by any published dictionary.

Alfred North—who else?[edit]

Is there any doubt that Alfred North Whitehead is the most prominent person on this page and should be given top billing? Please post your views below. JKeck (talk) 13:28, 17 May 2011 (UTC)

Absolutely. And there are two pages already here that need separating: a disambiguation one, and a nasty-spot one. Rothorpe (talk) 19:12, 10 June 2011 (UTC)