Whitney (surname)

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Whitney is an Old English surname that derives from the location of Whitney in Herefordshire, England. It was first mentioned in the Domesday Book with the spelling Witenie. The most plausible meaning for the name is White Water, from the Anglo-Saxon hwit (white) and ey (water), and probably refers to the River Wye which runs through the area and which can become a torrent when heavy rains in the Welsh mountains cause it to swell. This surname has also been used as a first name for both males and females, and many locations around the world have been named Whitney after individuals with this name.

Whitney Family Coat of Arms. (From S. Whitney Phoenix, The Whitney Family of Connecticut (New York: privately printed, 1878), vol. 1, frontispiece (courtesy of Bev Hanner).)

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