Whitty Family History
Whitty Name Meaning
English:: topographic name denoting a ‘dweller by the white hedge or the white (forest) enclosure’ from Middle English whit ‘white’ (Old English hwīt) + heie ‘hedge enclosure’ (Old English (ge)hæg and Old French haie) perhaps in reference to whitethorn (hawthorn) hedging. This English name has been recorded in Ireland (Wexford) since the 13th century. It has been Gaelicized as de Faoite see also White . nickname from Middle English whit ‘white’ + eie ‘eye’ (Old English hwīt + ēage). Compare Blackie 2 and Greeney . variant of Witty with which this surname may have been confused.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press