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How the "Whitt" syllable was spelled we do not know; most probably Hwitta or Hwitha -- for all our _wh's_ were _hw_ originally -- _hwaet, hwa, hwaether_ and so forth.
Northumberland Yesterday and To-day
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fbharjo commented on the word hwaet
hwaet Beowolf's beginning "hark" "listen" or "what"
January 25, 2007