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Where did the English Witwell family come from? What is the English Witwell family crest and coat of arms? When did the Witwell family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Witwell family history?Witwell is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest brought to England in 1066. The Witwell family lived in any of various places called Whitwell, in Dorset, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, and the North Riding of Yorkshire.These place names are derived from the Old English hwi-t, meaning "white," and well meaning a "spring," or "stream."
Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Witwall, Witwell, Whitwell, Whitwel, Whitewell and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Witwell research. Another 272 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1238, and 1296 are included under the topic Early Witwell History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Witwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Witwell or a variant listed above:
Witwell Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
The Witwell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Witwell 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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