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Where did the English Whittier family come from? What is the English Whittier family crest and coat of arms? When did the Whittier family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Whittier family history?


Spelling variations of this family name include: Whittier, Whittyer, Whittear, Whityer, Whithear, Wittier, Wittyer, Wittyere, Wittyer, Whitear, Whittear, Whitehair, Withere, Wityere, Wityear, Whityear, Wittiere, Wityear, Wytyear and many more.

First found in Huntingdon where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1273 when Eustace and Thomas Whittowere held estates in that shire.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whittier research. Another 272 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1279, 1455, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Whittier History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Whittier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Whittier Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Whittier, who was recorded in New England in 1666
  • Thomas Whittier, who arrived in New England in 1666

Whittier Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • William Whittier, who landed in New England in 1730
  • Reuben Whittier, who landed in New England in 1730
  • Reuben Whittier, who came to New England in 1730

Whittier Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • J M Whittier, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1871
  • Herbert H Whittier, who landed in Colorado in 1893


  • John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892), American Quaker poet and reformist
  • olympic.org/content/olympic-athletes/generic-athlete-page/?athleteid=58726">Pauline "Polly" Whittier (1876-1946), American Olympian who won a silver medal for golf at the 1900 games
  • Sumner Gage Whittier (1911-2010), American politician
  • Max H. Whittier (1867-1928), American real estate developer and a pioneer in the early California petroleum industry
  • Edward Newton Whittier (1840-1902), Union Army officer during the American Civil War


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Esto fidelis
Motto Translation: Be Faithful.


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  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  11. ...

The Whittier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Whittier Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 21 February 2014 at 12:45.

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