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Whitnall Early Origins



The surname Whitnall was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Wettenhall. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086, Wettenhall was held Gilbert de Venables, a Norman Baron, and conjecturally this family name is descended from that source or a relative. Venables was in the canton of Gaillon, near Evreux. They were hereditary huntsmen to the Dukes of Normandy. Gilbert the Hunter also held the barony of Kinderton in Cheshire from the Earl of Chester, Hugh Lupus, otherwise known as the Wolf.

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Whitnall Spelling Variations


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Whitnall Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Wettenhall, Wetenhall, Wetnall, Whetnall, Whettnall, Whettenhall, Watnall, Wattenhall, Wattenall, Wettenall, Wettenall, Whetonhall, Wetonhall, Whetnell, Wetenall, Whitnall, Wittenhall, Whittenhall, Witnal, Wittnall, Watnoll, Whatnoll, Withnell, Withnall, Wyttnell and many more.

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Whitnall Early History


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Whitnall Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whitnall research. Another 286 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1300 and 1600 are included under the topic Early Whitnall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Whitnall Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Whitnall Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Whitnall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Whitnall In Ireland


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Whitnall In Ireland



Some of the Whitnall family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Isaac and William Witnell and their wives settled in New York in 1812; John Withnell settled in Maryland in 1665.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Whitnall (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Whitnall (post 1700)



  • Harold O. Whitnall, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Madison County, 1927; Chair of Madison County Republican Party, 1942

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  2. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  3. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  4. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  8. 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).
  9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
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The Whitnall Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Whitnall 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.

This page was last modified on 27 January 2016 at 10:07.

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