Whiddon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Whiddon family

The surname Whiddon was first found in Roxburghshire in the lands of Whitton, in Morebattle parish. The first on record was John Wytton, prior of St. Andrews in 1285 A.D. Michael and Adam Wytton both rendered homage to King Edward I of England in his brief conquest of Scotland in 1296. Michael was chief forester of the Forest of Selkirk. His seal showed a deer running. Richard Wyttone, a dignitary of the Church also rendered homage. [1]

Further to the south, "there are parishes in Lincoln, Durham, Hereford, Northumberland, Salop (Shropshire) and Suffolk." [2]

Early History of the Whiddon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whiddon research. Another 82 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1165, 1400, 1370, 1303, 1576, 1585, 1595, 1585, 1588, 1635 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Whiddon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Whiddon Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Whitton, Whitten, Whytten, Whytton, Wytton, Wytten, Witten, Witton, Wyton and many more.

Early Notables of the Whiddon family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Michael Whitton, Chief Forester of the Kings Forest of Selkirk in 1303. Sir John Whiddon (d. 1576), was an English judge, the eldest son of John Whiddon of Chagford in Devonshire, where his family had long been established. [3] Jacob Whiddon ( fl. 1585-1595), was an English sea-captain, "a trusted servant and follower of Sir Walter Ralegh, who speaks of him as 'a man most valiant and honest,' seems to have been with Sir Richard Greynvile...
Another 83 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whiddon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Whiddon migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Whiddon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hettie Whiddon, aged 27, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
Whiddon Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Earl Whiddon, aged 19, who immigrated to the United States, in 1922
  • Earle Whiddon, aged 21, who settled in America, in 1924
  • Karl Whiddon, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1924
  • Merle S. Whiddon, aged 21, who immigrated to America, in 1924

Australia Whiddon migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Whiddon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Whiddon, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Thomas Arbuthnot"

New Zealand Whiddon migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Whiddon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Frank Whiddon, (b. 1858), aged 20, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Western Monarch" arriving in New Zealand in 1879 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Whiddon (post 1700) +

  • Wiley W. Whiddon, American politician, Delegate to Florida State Constitutional Convention from Taylor County, 1865 [5]
  • Pamela Whiddon, American actress
  • Jerry Whiddon, American actor
  • Frederick Palmer Whiddon (1930-2002), American academic, founder and long-time president of the University of South Alabama


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, April 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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