The English surname Whitehead, also found in Scotland and Ireland, is a nickname for someone with fair or prematurely white hair, from the Middle English terms whit meaning “white” and heved meaning “head.” The first record of the name is in the early 13th Century when John Whithaved is recorded in the "Pipe Rolls" of Leicestershire in 1219. Recordings from surviving early London registers include: the marriage of John Whitehead and Margret Malwins on August 13th 1564. The name is first recorded in the New World in 1630 when Richard Whitehead arrived in New England. Today there are approximately 43,000 bearers of the name Whitehead living in the United States.
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