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Where did the English Whitt family come from? What is the English Whitt family crest and coat of arms? When did the Whitt family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Whitt family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Wytt, Witt, Witts, Wyght, Wythe, Wicht and others.

First found in Lincolnshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name was originally spelt Uuit which became Witt.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whitt research. Another 310 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1296 and 1364 are included under the topic Early Whitt History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Whitt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Whitt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Robert Whitt, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • William Whitt, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Edmond Whitt, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Jereme Whitt, who landed in Virginia in 1623

Whitt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • E. Whitt, aged 33, who emigrated to America from London, in 1892

Whitt Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Henry G. Whitt, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Nellie M. Whitt, aged 56, who settled in America, in 1914
  • Martin Whitt, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1915
  • John Whitt, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States from Nottingham, England in 1919
  • Reginald Whitt, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1922


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  • Don Whitt (b. 1930), American PGA professional golfer in the 1950s and 1960s, winner of the 1959 Memphis Open, Kentucky Derby Open
  • Leo Ernest "Ernie" Whitt (b. 1952), American former Major League Baseball catcher and coach
  • Cole Whitt (b. 1991), American stock car driver
  • Brandon Whitt (b. 1982), American NASCAR driver, winner of the 2005 O'Reilly 200
  • Robert Leslie "Les" Whitt (1951-2008), American award-winning director of Alexandria Zoological Park in Alexandria, Louisiana
  • Joe Whitt Jr., American cornerbacks coach of the NFL Green Bay Packers
  • Jack Bryan Whitt (b. 1990), American gold medalist pole vaulter at the 2009 Pan American Junior Championships
  • William B. "W.B." Whitt (b. 1926), American politician, the 20th Mayor of Ashland, Kentucky
  • Ward Whitt (b. 1942), American professor of operations research and management sciences at Columbia University


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  1. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  2. 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.
  3. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  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. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  7. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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The Whitt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Whitt 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 13 November 2014 at 15:06.

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