Wittman Surname History

The name Wittman comes from the Rhineland, an ancient region of Germany. In pre-medieval times, the Germans used only one name, but later they were forced by a growing population to adopt hereditary surnames; so as to remain distinct from the many others of the same first name. Local names were often chosen. They originally indicated land ownership, and frequently carried the prefix von, meaning "of" or "from," which is often taken as an indication of aristocratic lineage. Wittman was a name for some one lived in the area that was referred to as widem which was originally derived from the German word denoting church property. Thus the estates or farms lived in by the original bearers of the surname were owned by the church. In early times the Church was the largest landowner in Europe. Many farmers and peasants alike lived on land that was considered church property.

Early Origins of the Wittman family

The surname Wittman was first found in the Palatinate in the Rhineland valley, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and many leaders sought their support in their search for power.

Early History of the Wittman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wittman research. Another 316 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1601, 1638, 1639, 1642, 1646, 1667, 1675, 1687, 1712, 1719, 1724, 1730, and 1870 are included under the topic Early Wittman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wittman Spelling Variations

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Wittman include Widmann, Widman, Widemann, Wideman, Witmann, Witman, Wittmann, Wittman, Whitman and many more.

Early Notables of the Wittman family (pre 1700)

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Wittman Ranking

In the United States, the name Wittman is the 7,929th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Wittman migration to the United States +

Between the 17th and 20th centuries, hundreds of thousands of Europeans came to North America, and many Rhinelanders were among them. They had many various reasons for making the choice: to escape poverty and persecution, for adventure, and for the opportunity to own their own land. Ellis Island, one of the main American immigration centers, saw many settlers as they moved on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, they found homes in Ontario, and on the great plains of the Midwestern provinces. The Wittman were among of the early German families that came to North America:

Wittman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johan Martin Wittman, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710-1714 [2]
  • Jacob Wittman, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753 [2]
  • Gottfried Wittman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1772 [2]
  • Caspar Wittman, who landed in New York, NY in 1782 [2]
Wittman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Urs Wittman, aged 42, who landed in St Louis, Missouri in 1848 [2]
  • Fred Wittman, aged 35, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1874 [2]
  • Catharina Wittman, aged 33, who arrived in New York, NY in 1876 [2]
  • Catherina Wittman, aged 62, who landed in New York, NY in 1876 [2]
  • Johann Wittman, aged 41, who arrived in New York, NY in 1876 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Wittman (post 1700) +

  • Wayne Wittman, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1996
  • Robert J. Wittman (b. 1959), American Republican politician, Mayor of Montross, Virginia, 1992-96; Member of Virginia State House of Delegates, 2006-07; U.S. Representative from Virginia 1st District, 2007-
  • Carl R. Wittman, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly from Lincoln County, 1938
  • Trevor Wittman (b. 1974), American boxing and MMA trainer
  • Sylvester Joseph "Steve" Wittman (1904-1995), American aviator and airplane designer
  • Scott Wittman (b. 1955), American director, lyricist, and writer
  • Robert J. "Rob" Wittman (b. 1959), U.S. Representative for Virginia's 1st congressional district
  • Randy Scot Wittman (b. 1959), American professional basketball player and coach
  • Brian Wittman, American musical instrument maker, inventor of the xaphoon
  • Julius "Baldy" Wittman (b. 1907), American professional football player for the Massillon Tigers
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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