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The White Hart Inn
Wilmington
Honiton
Devon
EX14 9JQ

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    white

    An English surname.
    1. of the color of pure snow, of the margins of this page, etc.; reflecting nearly all the rays of sunlight or a similar light.
    2. light or comparatively light in color.
    3. marked by slight pigmentation of the skin, as of many Caucasoids.
    4. for, limited to, or predominantly made up of persons whose racial heritage is Caucasian: a white club; a white neighborhood.
    5. pallid or pale, as from fear or other strong emotion: white with rage.
    6. silvery, gray, or hoary: white hair.
    7. snowy: a white Christmas.
    8. lacking color; transparent.
    Recorded as White, Wight, Whyte, and the unusual Whight, this is an English surname of the most ancient origins. It has a number of possible origins. In the single spellings of White or Wita, it appears in the very earliest surviving registers such as the famous Anglo-Saxon Chronicles of the pre 9th century a.d. Whilst translating as white, the early name referred either to a baby, one who was "unblemished", or it may have been for some nameholders an ethnic term given to a Viking or Anglo-Saxon, who were pale in hair and complexion compared with the original native Celts, who were dark. Another possible origin is residential. If so this could describe somebody who lived at a "wiht", generally regarded as being the bend of a river, but in some areas of the country could describe a stretch of land suitable for grazing. It could also mean "The wait", as in the village name of White in Devon, which originally, it is claimed, denoted a place suitable for an ambush! Lastly the name can be Huguenot 17th century. Many French people called ''Blanc'' fled France after 1685, and in England they changed their name to White. Early examples of the surname recording taken from surving charters and egisters include: Ordgar se Wite of Somerset in the year 1070, Walter le Wytte in London in 1284, and William le Wytt, in the Subsidy Rolls of York in 1327.

    hart

    a male deer, commonly of the red deer, Cervus elaphus, esp. after its fifth year

    A surname.
    Recorded in many spellings including Hart, Harte, Heart, Hart and Hartman , and Hart and Hartmann , de Herte , Hiorth and Hjorth , this interesting surname was usually a nickname. It is medieval, and a good example of that sizeable group of early European surnames that were gradually created from the habitual use of nicknames. The nicknames were given with reference to physical attributes and sometimes supposed resemblance to an animal''s appearance or disposition. In this case the derivation is from pre 7th century word "heorot", and as a nickname this would have been given to a fast runner, or perhaps, given the robust humour of those times, the complete reverse! Where the suffix -man is used, this suggests that the name was occupational, and may mean the friend or servant of Hart. In England where the earliest of all surname recordings are to be found one Roger Hert appears in the Pipe Rolls of Norfolk in the year 1166, and Simon le Hert is noted in the tax rolls known as the ''Feet of Fines'' for the county of Kent in 1194. In some cases the surname may be of Irish origin, and is derived from the Gaelic O'' hAirt, composed of the elements O'', meaning male descendant of, and "Art", a byname meaning hero. One of the earliest settlers in the New World was John Hart, who embarqued from the Port of London, aboard the ship "Phillip", bound for Virginia in June 1635. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Aelfric Hort, which was dated circa 1060, in the "Olde English Byname Register", Hampshire, during the reign of King Edward, known as "The Confessor", 1040 - 1066.

    inn

    1. a commercial establishment that provides lodging, food, etc., for the public, esp. travelers; small hotel.
    2. a tavern.
    3. Brit.
    a. any of several buildings in London formerly used as places of residence for students, esp. law students. Cf. Inns of Court.
    b. a legal society occupying such a building.
    Inn
    a river in central Europe, flowing from S Switzerland through Austria and Germany into the Danube. 320 mi. long.
    1. hostel, hostelry, inn, lodge, hotel
    usage: a hotel providing overnight lodging for travelers
    Inns are generally establishments or buildings where travellers can seek lodging and, usually, food and drink. They are typically located in the country or along a highway. Found in Europe, they possibly first sprang up when the Romans built their system of Roman roads two millennia ago. Some inns in Europe are several centuries old. In addition to providing for the needs of travellers, inns traditionally acted as community gathering places.

    In Europe, it is the provision of accommodation, if anything, that now separates inns from taverns, alehouses and pubs. The latter tend to supply alcohol , but less commonly accommodation. Inns tend to be grander and more long-lived establishments; historically they provided not only food and lodging, but also stabling and fodder for the traveller''s horse and fresh horses for the mail coach. Famous London examples of inns include the George and The Tabard. There is however no longer a formal distinction between an inn and other kinds of establishment. Many pubs use the name "inn", either because they are long established and may have been formerly coaching inns, or to summon up a particular kind of image.

     

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