Whithingdon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Whithingdon family

The surname Whithingdon was first found in Derbyshire at Whittington, a parish, in the union of Chesterfield, hundred of Scarsdale. There are others locals of the same name found in Gloucestershire, Lancashire, Northumberland, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

To confuse the reader more, we draw your attention to the following quote under the township of Whittingham: "Warin de Whitington, who lived in the reign of John, held lands in the township, and his descendants held the manor in the reign of Edward II. The family long continued connected with the place; and a Richard Whittingham, who had two sons and a daughter, was living in the middle of the last century. [1700s]"

Richard Whittington (c. 1354-1423), the medieval merchant and politician who was the inspiration for the folk tale "Dick Whittington and His Cat" was from Gloucestershire, but his family claim descent from Staffordshire. He was in fact, Lord Mayor of London four times. [1]

The Whittington Stone on Highgate Hill in front of Whittington Hospital has a statue in honour of Whittington's legendary cat.

Important Dates for the Whithingdon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whithingdon research. Another 136 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1320, 1480, 1553, 1354, 1423, 1397, 1406 and 1419 are included under the topic Early Whithingdon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Whithingdon Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Whithingdon family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Robert Whittington (Wittinton) (c. 1480-c. 1553), an English grammarian; and Sir Richard Whittington (c. 1354-1423), the famous "Dick Whittington," was Lord Mayor of London in...
Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whithingdon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Whithingdon family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Stephen Whittington who settled in St. Christopher in 1633; Thomas and Mary Whittington settled in Virginia in 1653; Thomas Whittington settled in Maryland in 1774..

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Citations

  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
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