Whitten History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Whitten family

The surname Whitten was first found in Roxburghshire in the lands of Whitton, in Morebattle parish. The first on record was John Wytton, prior of St. Andrews in 1285 A.D. Michael and Adam Wytton both rendered homage to King Edward I of England in his brief conquest of Scotland in 1296. Michael was chief forester of the Forest of Selkirk. His seal showed a deer running. Richard Wyttone, a dignitary of the Church also rendered homage. [1]

Further to the south, "there are parishes in Lincoln, Durham, Hereford, Northumberland, Salop (Shropshire) and Suffolk." [2]

Early History of the Whitten family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whitten research. Another 82 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1165, 1400, 1370, 1303, 1576, 1585, 1595, 1585, 1588, 1635 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Whitten History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Whitten Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Whitton, Whitten, Whytten, Whytton, Wytton, Wytten, Witten, Witton, Wyton and many more.

Early Notables of the Whitten family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Michael Whitton, Chief Forester of the Kings Forest of Selkirk in 1303. Sir John Whiddon (d. 1576), was an English judge, the eldest son of John Whiddon of Chagford in Devonshire, where his family had long been established. [3] Jacob Whiddon ( fl. 1585-1595), was an English sea-captain, "a trusted servant and follower of Sir Walter Ralegh, who speaks of him as 'a man most valiant and honest,' seems to have been with Sir Richard Greynvile...
Another 83 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whitten Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Whitten migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Whitten Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Whitten, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1818 [4]
  • D Whitten, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [4]
  • Charles Whitten, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1855 [4]
  • Andrew Whitten, aged 66, who landed in America from Armagh, in 1893
  • C. W. Whitten, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1895
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Whitten Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Clark Whitten, aged 31, who immigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • James Whitten, aged 36, who immigrated to the United States from Cardross, Scotland, in 1907
  • Horace Whitten, aged 34, who immigrated to America from Kent, England, in 1908
  • Carlie Whitten, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States from Southampton, England, in 1910
  • Alfred Whitten, aged 33, who immigrated to America from Buckingham, England, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Whitten migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Whitten Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Gregory Whitten, who settled in St. John's Newfoundland in 1708 [5]
Whitten Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Mr. Whitten, aged 28, who settled in Newfoundland, in 1914
  • H. Whitten, aged 34, who immigrated to St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1919
  • Harry Whitten, aged 34, who immigrated to St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1919

Australia Whitten migration to Australia +

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

Whitten Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Whitten, (b. 1835), aged 22, Cornish labourer departing from Plymouth on 18th April 1857 aboard the ship "Persia" arriving in Geelong, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 27th July 1857 [6]
  • Mrs. Ann Whitten, (b. 1825), aged 32, Cornish settler departing from Plymouth on 18th April 1857 aboard the ship "Persia" arriving in Geelong, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 27th July 1857 [6]

New Zealand Whitten migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Whitten Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Whitten, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blue Jacket" in 1865
  • Miss Elizabeth Whitten, (b. 1845), aged 21, British domestic servant travelling from London aboard the ship "John Temperley" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st June 1866 [7]
  • Miss Elizabeth Whitten, (b. 1826), aged 40, British domestic servant travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 5th January 1867 [7]
  • John Whitten, aged 22, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Whitten (post 1700) +

  • Leslie Hunter "Les" Whitten Jr. (1928-2017), American investigative reporter and novelist
  • Jack Whitten (1939-2018), American abstract painter awarded a National Medal of Arts in 2016
  • Marguerite Whitten (1913-1990), American film actress who appeared in 14 films between 1938 and 1943
  • John Moss Whitten (1920-2000), American Central Intelligence Agency officer, known under the pseudonym John Scelso; he was awarded the Distinguished Intelligence Medal in 1970
  • Greg Whitten (b. 1979), American former chief software architect at Microsoft, some believe "GWBasic" was derived from his initials
  • Deborah "Deb" Whitten (b. 1966), Canadian bronze medalist field hockey goalkeeper at the 1995 Pan American Games
  • Charles William "C. W." Whitten (1871-1957), American educator and athletic administrator
  • Cameron Whitten (b. 1991), American community activist and hunger striker
  • Benoni Whitten (b. 1883), American attorney and jurist, 19th Associate Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court in 1870
  • Daniel Ray "Danny" Whitten (1943-1972), American musician and songwriter
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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