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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Witham, Withem, Wittam, Witam, Withum, Wittum, Whittam, Whitham, Whittum, Whittem, Wytham, Wyttam, Wyttum, Wythum, Withams, Wittams and many more.

First found in Lincolnshire at North Witham, a small village in South Kesteven. However, Witham is also a town in the county of Essex. The parish of Witham appears in the Domesday Book of 1086 and the manor of Witham was given to the Knights Templar in 1148. Witham Friary is a small village and civil parish located in Somerset.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Witham research. Another 279 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1538, 1707, 1420, 1489, 1624, 1604, 1668, 1654 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Witham History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 117 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Witham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Witham Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Peter Witham who settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1630
  • John Witham, who landed in Maryland in 1651
  • Cuthbert Witham, who arrived in Virginia in 1665

Witham Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Henry Witham settled in Maryland in 1730
  • Conrad Witham, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1770

Witham Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Joseph Witham, aged 23, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Miss Witham settled in Boston in 1823
  • George and Joshua Witham arrived in Pennsylvania in 1855

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  • Myron E. Witham (1880-1973), American football player and coach
  • Drake Witham (b. 1972), American Los Angeles based stand-up comedian
  • George Witham (1655-1725), English Roman Catholic bishop
  • Henry T M Witham (1779-1844), the first English person to investigate the internal structure of fossil plants
  • Richard "Dick" Witham (1915-1999), English professional footballer


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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: Optime merenti
Motto Translation: To the best deserving.

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  2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  8. 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.
  9. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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The Witham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Witham 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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