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Spelling variations of this family name include: Whittier, Whittyer, Whittear, Whityer, Whithear, Wittier, Wittyer, Wittyere, Wittyer, Whitear, Whittear, Whitehair, Withere, Wityere, Wityear, Whityear, Wittiere, Wityear, Wytyear and many more.
First found in Huntingdon where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1273 when Eustace and Thomas Whittowere held estates in that shire.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whittier research. Another 272 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1279, 1455, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Whittier History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Whittier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Whittier Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Whittier Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Whittier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Whittier Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
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: Esto fidelis
Motto Translation: Be Faithful.
The Whittier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Whittier Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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