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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.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whiddon research. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1165, 1400, 1370, 1303, 1635 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Whiddon History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Whiddon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Hettie Whiddon, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895

Whiddon Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Earl Whiddon, aged 19, who emigrated 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 emigrated to America, in 1924

Whiddon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Samuel Whiddon, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Thomas Arbuthnot"

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  • 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
  • Wiley W. Whiddon, American politician, Delegate to Florida State Constitutional Convention from Taylor County, 1865


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  1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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