Early Origins of the Whittem family
The surname Whittem was first found in Lincolnshire
at North Witham, a small village in South Kesteven. However, Witham is also a town in the county of Essex
. The parish of Witham appears in the Domesday Book
of 1086 and the manor of Witham was given to the Knights Templar in 1148. John de Wytham, was 'the king's chaplain' in 1286. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Witham Friary is a small village and civil parish located in Somerset
. "Ledstone Hall [in Ledstone, in the West Riding of Yorkshire] is a handsome mansion, anciently the seat of the Witham family." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Whittem family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whittem research.Another 509 words (36 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1538, 1625, 1752, 1777, 1707, 1799, 1884, 1473, 1454, 1458, 1460, 1467, 1473, 1420, 1489, 1624, 1604, 1668, 1654 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Whittem History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Whittem Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Witham, Withem, Wittam, Witam, Withum, Wittum, Whittam, Whitham, Whittum, Whittem, Wytham, Wyttam, Wyttum, Wythum, Withams, Wittams and many more.
Early Notables of the Whittem family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include William Witham (or Wytham) (died before 1473), English cleric who was incumbent at St Marylebone until 12 November 1454, when he exchanged the office for that of Archdeacon of Stow. He was then Archdeacon of Leicester (from 1458), Dean of Arches (from c.?1460)... Another 62 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whittem Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Whittem family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Whittem Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Joseph Whittem, aged 28, who landed in Portsmouth, NH in 1848 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
The Whittem 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: Optime merenti
Motto Translation: To the best deserving.