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Wightworthy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Wightworthy reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Wightworthy family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Wightworthy family lived in Durham, at Whitworth.

Early Origins of the Wightworthy family

The surname Wightworthy was first found in Durham where they held a family seat from ancient times, in 1066.

Early History of the Wightworthy family

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Wightworthy Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Wightworthy family name include Witworth, Whitworth and others.

Early Notables of the Wightworthy family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Wightworthy family to Ireland

Some of the Wightworthy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Wightworthy family to the New World and Oceana

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Wightworthy family to immigrate North America: Alice Whitworth and her husband who settled in New England in 1775; Joshua Whitworth settled in Philadelphia in 1859; Sarah Whitworth arrived in New York in 1823..

The Wightworthy Motto

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: Dum spiro spero
Motto Translation: While I have breath I hope.

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