Whittham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Anglo-Saxon name Whittham comes from its first bearer, who was a person with a pale complexion or blond hair. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character. The name means "white man"  as far back as the 13th century when the poem Piers Plowman, (line 5195) notes "a Wightman of strengthe." 
Alternatively, the name could have been a baptismal name as in 'the son of Wigmann.' "I strongly suspect the baptismal origin is the correct one. " 
Early Origins of the Whittham family
The surname Whittham was first found in Oxfordhire. The variant Witmar (a personal name) was found in the Domesday Book of 1086. 
Withman (d. 1047?), Abbot of Ramsey, called also Leucander and Andrew, was a German by birth. 
Other early listings of the name or one of its variants include: Witeman fugitius who was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Gloucestershire in 1170; William Witman who was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Kent in 1230; Richard Wyteman who was listed in the Assize Rolls of Staffordshire in 1243; and Stephen Whytman who was listed in the Assize Rolls of Somerset in 1243. 
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Agnes Wyteman in Oxfordshire; John Wyteman in Cambridgeshire; Thomas Wyteman in Oxfordshire and William Wytman in Huntingdonshire. 
The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Johannes Wyghman, Willelmus Wyghman, and Johannes Wyghman as all holding lands there at that time. 
The Scottish connection should now be explored. "Gilbert Wichtmann was rector of Lyne in 1527, and John Wychtman rendered to Exchequer the accounts of the burgh of Peebles in 1563. Thomas Vychtman was witness in Perthshire, 1547, John Waichtman appears in Melrose, 1606. " 
Early History of the Whittham family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whittham research. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1631, 1688, 1716, 1566, 1612, 1544 and are included under the topic Early Whittham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Whittham Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Whittham has been spelled many different ways, including Whiteman, Whitman, Wightman, Whyteman and others.
Early Notables of the Whittham family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Edward Wightman (1566-1612), an English Baptist, executed at Lichfield for his views and was the last person to be burned at the stake for heresy in England. "He is said to have...
Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whittham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Whittham family to Ireland
Some of the Whittham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 58 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Whittham family
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Whitthams to arrive in North America: Robert Whiteman settled in New England in 1635; Matthew Whiteman arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733; John Whiteman settled in Philadelphia in 1741.
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