The surname ‘Applewhite’ is of English origin. It is a variant of the name ‘Applethwaite’. There are two places in England bearing this name, Westmoreland and a lost place in Suffolk . The etymological origin of the surname Applewhite can be found in the Old Norse words “apall” (Apple), and “pueit” (meadow). A family could acquire a place name as a surname under three different circumstances:1) A gentleman who lived or worked in or near some topographical formation or landscape feature, either natural or artificial. 2) He formerly lived in a certain village and thus acquired the reputation of being from that place. 3) He owned or was Lord of the village or manor designated. However, it is safe to say that in most cases a place name merely identifies the place where the original bearer of the name formerly resided, as in the case of the surname Applewhite. The ravages of time are the worst enemies of written documents; while the stone that was used to construct castles, towers and others structures often assured that this precious monuments were to survive to the present day, old parchments were more often than not lost even…
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