This entry is part of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks series. This week’s prompt is UNUSUAL NAME. To see other posts in this series, view my 52 Ancestors in 2019 index.
In a tree filled with common English names, one stands out — my 5x great-grandfather Applewhite Richardson.
Applewhite Richardson was born before 1756,¹ possibly in North Carolina to parents Thomas Richardson and Amy Applewhite.² It appears he was named for his mother’s maiden name, Applewhite or Applewhaite — an English surname from the Old Norse words apaldr (“apple tree”) and þveit (“meadow”).³
Like many of my distant ancestors, I only know of Applewhite through the records he left behind. He lived in very interesting times, coming of age in the days before the American Revolution. Continue reading Applewhite Richardson: Unusual Name Passed Down for Generations