The English surname Whitehouse, found throughout England but particularly in the West Midlands, is a topographic name for someone who lived in a white house, from the Middle English terms whit meaning “white” and hous meaning “house,”or a habitational name from a place named with these elements, as for example Whittas in Cumbria. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Stephen atte Whitehous. This was dated 1327, in the Subsidy Tax Rolls of the county of Somerset. Mary Whitehouse married Gualtero Bernard, at the church of St Michaels Cornhill, in the city of London in 1720, and another Mary Whitehouse married John Nottage at St. Georges chapel, Hanover Square, Westminster, in 1788.
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