HISTORY OF THE WHITAKER NAME (Source www.surnamedb.com)
This long-established surname is
of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is locational from any of the various places so
Locational surnames were usually acquired by a local landowner, or by the lord of the manor, and especially by those former inhabitants of a place who had moved to another area, usually in search of work, and were thereafter best identified by the name of the birthplace. An interesting name bearer, recorded in the "Dictionary of National Biography" was Joseph Whitaker (1820 - 1895), who founded the magazine, "the Book Seller", and started the annual publication of "Whitakers Almanac" in 1868.
The first recorded spelling of the family name is
shown to be that of Richard de Wetacre, which was dated 1177, in the "Pipe
Rolls of Norfolk", during the reign of King Henry 11, known as "The
Builder of Churches", 1154 - 1189. Surnames became necessary when
governments introduced personal taxation. In
Small numbers by a name refer to personal number in listing eg WILLIAM LANGDON 2 PICKFORD ~ see 2
GENERATION ONE :
~ ~ ~ GEORGE WHITAKER was born in 1770, possibly in
Children of GEORGE WHITAKER and JANE LANGDON included:
ISABELLA WHITAKER, born 1807.
GEORGE WHITAKER, born
1808; died 1813 in St Columb,
EMMA WHITAKER, born
GEORGE WHITAKER, born
MARY WHITAKER, born
1818 and baptized 20 July 1818 in Mawgan,
WILLIAM LANGDON 2
around 1821 St Columb,
George died in 1837. Jane died in 1861 in Rotherhithe,
2. ~ ~ ~ WILLIAM LANGDON WHITAKER (GEORGE) was
born around 1821 in St Columb,
> Refer to the SILK family for more details about the family of Maria.
In 1846 William's occupation was listed as a Ships Steward and he was
Children of WILLIAM LANGDON WHITAKER and MARIA SILK included:
WILLIAM SILK 3
WHITAKER, born 22 February 1846 in
GEORGE 4 WHITAKER, born 1848; died 26 January 1898 at
MARIA WHITAKER, born 1850
CHARLES WHITAKER, born 1855
SARAH ANN WHITAKER, born 1857
CHARLES NAPIER WHITAKER, born
IDA JANE WHITAKER, born 1861,
FRANK HERBERT 5 WHITAKER,
born 1863, Rotherhithe,
AMY HARRIET WHITAKER, born 1864,
HARRY CLIFTON WHITAKER, born 1865,
WILLIAM WHITAKER, born around
JOSEPH WHITAKER, born around 1877,
William died on 20 May 1900 in Lambeth,
3. ~ ~ ~ WILLIAM SILK WHITAKER (GEORGE > WILLIAM) was born on 22 February 1846 in Ramsgate Kent, the first child of WILLIAM LANGDON WHITAKER and MARIA SILK.
William married SARAH ELIZABETH DOBBS on 11 March 1871 in
William died on 25 June 1901 in Essex (the informant was his son Joseph
George Whitaker) and was buried on 27 June 1901 in Matching, Essex in
4. ~ ~ ~ GEORGE WHITAKER (GEORGE
> WILLIAM) was born in the last quarter of 1848 (Oct-Dec) in
George married (1) GERALDINE ELIZA GARDINER on 19 February 1870 at St
Lukes Church in
Child of GEORGE WHITAKER and GERALDINE GARDINER was:
GEORGE GERALD WHITAKER, born 18 March 1870; died 29 March 1870.
Geraldine died aged 22 years on 20 March 1870 following the birth of
their son. Baby George and Geraldine were buried at
George married (2) ELIZABETH HANNAH ROBOTTOM on 12 May 1871 in
> Refer to the ROBOTTOM family for
information about the family of
Children of GEORGE WHITAKER and ELIZABETH HANNAH ROBOTTOM included:
KATHERINE ELIZABETH 6 WHITAKER, born 17 September 1871 in Lyttleton,
WILLIAM CHARLES 7 WHITAKER,
born 20 June 1873 Kaipoi,
GEORGE HERBERT 8
WHITAKER, born 10 December 1874 Kaipoi,
FRANK SILK WHITAKER, born 23
February 1876 Kaipoi,
Frank was a Rifleman with the third Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade during World War One. Frank was killed in action in
WALTER HENRY WHITAKER, born 10
February 1878 in
JOHN FREDICK WHITAKER, born 20 January 1880 in Greytown, Wairarapa, NZ. John married LILLIAN (surname unknown) John died around 1968.
JESSIE MARIA WHITAKER, born 23
July 1882. Jessie married ROBERT (BOB) FAIRBURN. She died aged 95 years in
IDA EMILY WHITAKER, born 15 December 1883 Palmerston North, NZ. Ida married WILLIAM ALEX AYERS in 1905.
FREDICK WHITAKER, born 15 December 1888 in Napier, NZ.
ROSE AMY WHITAKER, born 25 March
George died on 26 January 1898 in
5. ~ ~ ~ FRANK HERBERT WHITAKER (GEORGE > WILLIAM)
was born in 1863 in
Frank married MARY ANN PATMAN (or SEARS) in 1884 in
Children of FRANK WHITAKER and MARY PATMAN (or SEARS) included:
FRANK H WHITAKER, born 1886.
AMY M WHITAKER, born 1888.
6. ~ ~ ~ KATHERINE
ELIZABETH WHITAKER (GEORGE > WILLIAM > GEORGE) was born on 17 September 1871 in Lyttleton,
Katherine married EMANUEL PICKFORD on 28 December 1887 in the Registrars Office,
Hastings. Emanuel was born on 9 August 1863 in Frome,
> Refer to the PICKFORD family for more information about the family of Emanuel.
> Refer to the family of Emanuel Pickford for information about the descendants of Katherine and Emanuel.
Katherine died on 21
July 1952 in Wanganui. Emanuel died on 14 October 1937 also in Wanganui. They
were both buried at
7. ~ ~ ~ WILLIAM CHARLES
> WILLIAM > GEORGE) was born in Kaipoi,
Children of WILLIAM WHITAKER and FRANCIS BALDWIN included:
MABEL MARY WHITAKER, born 1898. Mary married EDWIN LOWRY WILSON in 1916.
FRANCIS CAROLINE WHITAKER, born 1901. Francis married FRANK PERCIVAL JOLL in 1925.
IDA FLORENCE WHITAKER, born 1903; died 1905.
LILIAN MAY WHITAKER, born 1904.
WILLIAM CLAUDE WHITAKER, born 1907; died 1938.
GEORGE BALDWIN WHITAKER, born 1908.
KATHLEEN LYDIA WHITAKER, born 1910. Kathleen married RAYMOND STAMER WILLIAMS in 1930.
Francis died on 26 April 1924 and
William married (2) ADA MAUD WATSON in 1925.
Children of WILLIAM WHITAKER and ADA WATSON included:
WILLIAM DEREK WHITAKER
William died on 26 May 1931 aged 58 years.
8. ~ ~ ~ GEORGE HERBERT (GEORGE > WILLIAM > GEORGE) was born on 10 December 1874 in Kaipoi,
Children of GEORGE WHITAKER and TUIHANA WILLIAMS included:
MARY ANN WHITAKER, born 1901. Mary Ann married GEORGE TAKARI GARDINER in 1920.
ROSE MAY WHITAKER, born 1902. Rose married JAMES CHARLES HICKS in 1921.
IDA ELIZABETH WHITAKER, born 1904. Ida married GEORGE RANGIHIROA STANLEY in 1923.
GEORGE HERBERT WHITAKER, born 1905.
WILLIAM CHARLES WHITAKER, born 1907.
BESSIE WILHELMINA WHITAKER, born 1908. Bessie married FREDERICK CHARLES WOODS in 1926.
WALTER HENRY WHITAKER, born 1909.
DULCIE LENA WHITAKER, born 1911. Dulcie married COLIN RANGI CASTLETON in 1930.
George died in 1951 aged 76 years. Tuihana died in 1913.
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