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

The ancient Scottish name Witcher was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The original bearer of the name lived in Stirling.


The many spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Witcher has been spelled Wishart, Wishard, Wychart, Wisehart, Wisheart, Wiseheart and many more.

First found in Stirlingshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Witcher research. Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1250, 1254, 1279, 1296, 1513, 1538, 1546, 1592, 1593, 1596, and 1597 are included under the topic Early Witcher History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 85 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Witcher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Witcher family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 224 words (16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland, many decided to head out for North America. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through Clan organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were:

Witcher Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Witcher, who came to Virginia in 1642
  • Hen Witcher, who arrived in Virginia in 1642

Witcher Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mrs. Witcher, who came to Quebec in 1815


  • John Seashoal Witcher (1839-1906), American politician, lieutenant colonel of the 3rd West Virginia Volunteer Cavalry in the Civil War, and U.S. Representative from West Virginia (1869-1871)
  • Dick Vernon Witcher (b. 1944), American professional (NFL) football player
  • Mr. Albert Ernest Witcher (d. 1912), aged 39, English Senior Assistant Second Engineer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking


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The Witcher Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Witcher 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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