Whittewake is a name that was carried to England
in the great wave of migration from Normandy
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Whittewake family lived in Staffordshire
, at the manor of Westewike
. Today, Wightwick is a part of Tettenhall Wightwick ward in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England
. It is so named after an ancient local
family the "de Wightwicks". Of note is Wightwick Manor, a Victorian manor house now owned by the National Trust.
Early Origins of the Whittewake family
The surname Whittewake was first found in Staffordshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Westewike, in the Lordship of Tettenhall. The family also anciently had branches in Surrey
, Berkshire and Coventry. The first on record was William de Wictewike who lived about in 1260, but the name is recorded in the Domesday Book
. Today Wightwick Manor is a Victorian manor house located in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, built in the 19th century and includes original Morris wallpapers and fabrics, De Morgan tiles, Kempe glass and has beautiful gardens ans stables.
Early History of the Whittewake family
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Whittewake Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Whittewake include Wyghtwiche, Wightwycke, Wightwick, Whitewick, Whytewick, Writewick, Wytewick, Writewyck, Witewyck, Westwick, Westick, Wightick, Westwicke, Westwyck and many more.
Early Notables of the Whittewake family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Whittewake family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Whittewakes to arrive on North American shores: William Westick who landed in North America in 1702.
The Whittewake 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: Aut viam inveniam aut faciam
Motto Translation: I will either find a road or make one.