Origins Available: Dutch, English
England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Whitner family lived in Herefordshire, at the village of Whitney.
Early Origins of the Whitner family
Herefordshire where Harold de Whitney held the Lordship of Whitney from St. Guthlac's Church.
Early History of the Whitner family
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Whitner Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Whitner have been found, including Whitney, Witney and others.
Early Notables of the Whitner family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Whitner family to Ireland
Some of the Whitner family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Whitner family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Whitner were among those contributors:
Whitner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Whitner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Whitner (post 1700)
The Whitner Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Volens et valens
Motto Translation: Willing and able.
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