The name Whettell reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Whettell family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Whettell family lived in Somerset
, at the village of Whatley.
Early Origins of the Whettell family
The surname Whettell was first found in Somerset
in the village and manor of Whatley near Frome, where they are conjecturally believed to be descended from the possessor of those lands, at the taking of the Domesday Survey
in 1086, John the Usher, from Glastonbury Abbey. The Wheatley variant can be found throughout England
, specifically: Wheatley, Oxfordshire; Wheatley Lane in Lancashire; and North and South Wheatley in Nottinghamshire
. The two latter villages are listed in the Domesday Book
as Watelei and Wateleie. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Literally, Wheately means "clearing where wheat is grown," from the Old English "hwaete" + "leah." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Whettell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whettell research.Another 259 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1330, 1582, 1768, 1686, 1742, 1747, 1801, 1753 and 1784 are included under the topic Early Whettell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Whettell 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 Whettell family name include Whatley, Whatly, Whately, Wheatley, Whetly, Whettell and many more.
Early Notables of the Whettell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Whettell 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 Whettell family to immigrate North America: Richard Whately, who settled in Barbados in 1670; David Whatley settled in Pennsylvania in 1772; J. D. Whatley settled in San Francisco, Cal. in 1850.