The surname White is a descriptive or nickname given to somebody with White hair or a fair complexion. The name White comes from the Middle English term "whit" which means white. The name may also be of locative origin derived from the Isle of Wight located off the coast of Hampshire, England. In addition some bearers of the name White, were originally named Wight from the old Anglo-Saxon term "wiht" meaning valiant. Today there are more than 650,000 people with the family name Wwhite living in The United States.