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Re: Whyte (Quhyt) family, Forfar, Angus
Posted by: Ernie Whiteside (ID *****4176) Date: July 27, 2004 at 19:33:01
In Reply to: Whyte (Quhyt) family, Forfar, Angus by john whyte of 468

The Whiteside surname has been linked to Scotland and has also undergone an interesting evolution beginning as Quytsyde, then Whytsyde, then Whitside, Whiteside and Whitesides. The old Wh sound was originally Qu and vowels were historically written followed by an "i" to produce the hard sound (i.e. bard [soft] vs baird [hard]). The hard "i" sound was produced by replacing the "i" with a "y". The transition from Whytsyde to Whiteside seems to have occured in the early 1600s. You may find that many Scot Whytes made the same transition to White. It would be interesting to see how your yDNA compare to the Whites and the Whitesides (http://www.familytreedna.com/surname.asp).


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