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


Spelling variations of this family name include: Whitington, Whittington, Whyttington and others.

First found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat from ancient times, and were Lords of the manor of Whittington in Derbyshire.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whittington research. Another 269 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1320, 1480, 1553, 1354, 1423, 1397, 1406 and 1419 are included under the topic Early Whittington History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 109 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whittington Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Whittington Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Stephen Whittington who settled in St. Christopher in 1633
  • Stephen Whittington, aged 20, landed in St Christopher in 1633
  • Richard Whittington, who arrived in New England in 1646
  • Francis Whittington, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
  • Wm Whittington, who arrived in Virginia in 1653

Whittington Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Whittington settled in Maryland in 1774


  • Reginald Donald "Don" Whittington (b. 1946), former American racing driver from Lubbock, Texas
  • Khadijah Ameenah Whittington (b. 1986), American professional basketball player
  • Volney Voss "V.V." Whittington (1893-1974), American banker and politician, Democratic member of the Louisiana State Senate from 1928 to 1932
  • William Madison Whittington (1878-1962), American politician, Democratic politician from Mississippi
  • Charles Whittington, Chamberlain of London
  • Professor Harry Whittington, American geologist
  • Sergeant Hulon B Whittington, American soldier who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • Andrew Whittington (b. 1971), Australian former rugby league player


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: Sapere aude
Motto Translation: Dare to be wise.


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  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  8. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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The Whittington Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Whittington 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.

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