Whittington History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Whittington family

The surname Whittington was first found in Derbyshire at Whittington, a parish, in the union of Chesterfield, hundred of Scarsdale. There are others locals of the same name found in Gloucestershire, Lancashire, Northumberland, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

To confuse the reader more, we draw your attention to the following quote under the township of Whittingham: "Warin de Whitington, who lived in the reign of John, held lands in the township, and his descendants held the manor in the reign of Edward II. The family long continued connected with the place; and a Richard Whittingham, who had two sons and a daughter, was living in the middle of the last century. [1700s]"

Richard Whittington (c. 1354-1423), the medieval merchant and politician who was the inspiration for the folk tale "Dick Whittington and His Cat" was from Gloucestershire, but his family claim descent from Staffordshire. He was in fact, Lord Mayor of London four times. [1]

The Whittington Stone on Highgate Hill in front of Whittington Hospital has a statue in honour of Whittington's legendary cat.

Early History of the Whittington family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whittington research. Another 136 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1320, 1480, 1553, 1354, 1423, 1397, 1406 and 1419 are included under the topic Early Whittington History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Whittington Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Whitington, Whittington, Whyttington and others.

Early Notables of the Whittington family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Robert Whittington (Wittinton) (c. 1480-c. 1553), an English grammarian; and Sir Richard Whittington (c. 1354-1423), the famous "Dick Whittington," was Lord Mayor of London in...
Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whittington Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Whittington migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Whittington Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Stephen Whittington who settled in St. Christopher in 1633
  • Stephen Whittington, aged 20, who landed in St Christopher in 1633 [2]
  • Richard Whittington, who arrived in New England in 1646 [2]
  • Francis Whittington, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 [2]
  • William Whittington, who arrived in Virginia in 1653 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Whittington Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Whittington, who settled in Maryland in 1774

Canada Whittington migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Whittington Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John Whittington U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 member of the Cape Ann Association [3]

Australia Whittington migration to Australia +

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

Whittington Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Whittington, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Stebonheath" in 1850 [4]
  • John Whittington, aged 28, a plumber, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Magdalena" [5]
  • George Ball Caswell Whittington, aged 35, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Caroline" [6]

New Zealand Whittington 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:

Whittington Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Child Whittington, (b. 1863), aged Infant, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 16th February 1864 [7]
  • Miss Lucy Whittington, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 16th February 1864 [7]
  • Mr. James Whittington, (b. 1823), aged 40, British farm labourer travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 16th February 1864 [7]
  • Mrs. Mary Anne Whittington, (b. 1825), aged 38, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 16th February 1864 [7]
  • Mr. Jame Whittington, Jr., (b. 1840), aged 23, British farm labourer travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 16th February 1864 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Whittington (post 1700) +

  • Sweet Dick Whittington (b. 1934), American disc jockey
  • Shayne Whittington (b. 1991), American basketball player
  • Richard Whittington, American Corporate Strategy Academic
  • Khadijah Whittington (b. 1986), American basketball player
  • Lauren Whittington, American journalist
  • Hulon B. Whittington (1921-1969), American officer, recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions in World War II
  • Jim Whittington (b. 1941), American televangelist
  • Harry Whittington (1915-1989), American novelist
  • Eydie Whittington, American politician, Member of the Council of the District of Columbia (1995-1997)
  • Erik Whittington, American guitarist
  • ... (Another 21 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Whittington 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: Sapere aude
Motto Translation: Dare to be wise.


  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The STEBONHEATH 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Stebonheath.htm
  5. ^ South Australian Register Friday 26th August 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Magdalena 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/magdalena1853.shtml
  6. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 26th April 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Caroline 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/caroline1855.shtml
  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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