The family name Whiteford has been established since the middle ages. Whiteford is a middle British occupational last name. First historical evidence of the surname dates to the county of Somerset in 1293. The word Whiteford is thought to have derived from a Middle Ages term. In the sixteenth century a large group of travellers known as Whiteford's migrated to the British colonies in Australia.
A late 19th century Whiteford was noted as a keen drinker after police allegedly escorted him out of no less than nine watering holes in one evening. Never too far from controversy a pair of brothers Frank Whiteford and Peter Whiteford were sent to jail in 1877 for stealing a necklace.