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The name Whitner was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Whitner family lived in Herefordshire, at the village of Whitney.

Whitner Early Origins



The surname Whitner was first found in Herefordshire where Harold de Whitney held the Lordship of Whitney from St. Guthlac's Church.

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Whitner Spelling Variations


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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.

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Whitner Early History


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Whitner Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whitner research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1377, 1413 and 1436 are included under the topic Early Whitner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Whitner Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Whitner Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whitner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Whitner In Ireland


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Whitner In Ireland



Some of the Whitner family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words (6 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



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

  • Jacob Whitner, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1762
  • Christr Whitner, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765

Whitner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Adolph Whitner, aged 31, landed in San Francisco, California in 1872

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Contemporary Notables of the name Whitner (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Whitner (post 1700)



  • Daniel Whitner (1952-2005), American actor who appeared in Nighthawks with Sylvester Stallone, and Fort Apache, The Bronx with Paul Newman
  • Donte D. Whitner (b. 1985), American NFL football safety for the Cleveland Browns
  • George K. Whitner, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Reading, Pennsylvania, 1882-86

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Motto


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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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    2. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    3. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    5. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    7. 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).
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Whitner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Whitner 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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