Whiten History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Whiten family

The surname Whiten 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 Whiten family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whiten 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 Whiten History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Whiten 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 Whiten 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 Whiten Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Whiten migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Whiten Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Geo Whiten, who landed in Virginia in 1654 [4]
Whiten Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J Whiten, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [4]
  • Mrs. L. F. Whiten, aged 40, who immigrated to the United States, in 1896
Whiten Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • G. M. Whiten, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Levi Randolph Whiten, aged 26, who immigrated to America from Worksop, England, in 1920
  • Minnie Whiten, aged 15, who landed in America from Wimbledon, England, in 1923

Contemporary Notables of the name Whiten (post 1700) +

  • Mark Anthony Whiten (b. 1966), American retired Major League Baseball outfielder and switch-hitter batter


  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. ^ 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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