Whittal History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Whittal family

The surname Whittal was first found in Lancashire where the name was derived from the place name Whittle-in-the-Woods, a township in the parish of Leyland. There are also "hamlets and townships in Northumberland and Derbyshire." [1] "There are five townships bearing this singular name, two of which are in Lancashire, two in Northumberland, and one in Derbyshire." [2]

Looking at census records in the late 1800's, the hamlet of Whittle in Derbyshire was the most populous with 2,284 people living there at that time, followed by Whittle in Northumberland with 56 and another Whittle in Northumberland with 31 people. The aforementioned Whittle-in-the-Woods or Whittle-Le-Woods is perhaps the most interesting. "One-half of the manor was granted about the reign of Henry I. to Gilbert de Witul." However, he passed the estate to "Richard le Butler; and by marriage with the heiresses of John Butler, it came to the families of Standish of Duxbury, and Anderton of Clayton." [3]

Early entries in various rolls were infrequent as we must look to the Wills at Chester to find the following entries: John Whittle, of Chorley, Lancashire in 1581; and Robert Whittle, of Leyland in 1617. [1]

Whittlesey is a village, in the hundred of North Witchford, Isle of Ely, county of Cambridge. "This place, called Witesie in Domesday Book, is supposed to have been a Roman station from the traces of a military way, and the numerous relics of antiquity discovered in the neighbourhood. " [3]

William Whittlesey or Wittlesey (d. 1374), was Archbishop of Canterbury, "though doubtless a native of the Cambridgeshire village whose name he bore. " [4]

Early History of the Whittal family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whittal research. Another 61 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 165 and 1650 are included under the topic Early Whittal History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Whittal Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Whittall, Whittell, Whittle, Wittle, Whyttel, Whyttall, Whyttle, Wyttle, Wittall, Wittel, Wittell and many more.

Early Notables of the Whittal family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the Whittal family to Ireland

Some of the Whittal family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 33 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Whittal migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Whittal Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Whittal, (b. 1795), aged 46, Welsh farm labourer who was convicted in Powys (Montgomeryshire), Wales for 15 years for stealing, transported aboard the "David Clarke" on 3rd June 1841, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1844 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Whittal (post 1700) +

  • Yvonne Whittal, contemporary South African writer of over 45 romance novels during 1975 to 1992


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd June 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/david-clarke


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