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*hwītaz / hwīt æcer / acre

This name is of Proto-Germanic and Old English origin, composed of two elements: from the Old Saxon and Old Frisian “hwīt”, From the Proto-Germanic “*hwītaz” (white) plus from the Middle English “acre”, from Old English “æcer” (a field, land, that which is sown, sown land, cultivated land). The name means “white field”. Locational surnames were usually acquired by a local landowner, or by the lord of the manor, and especially by those former inhabitants of a place who had moved to another area, usually in search of work, and were thereafter best identified by the name of the birthplace.

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