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Where did the English Whittington family come from? What is the English Whittington family crest and coat of arms? When did the Whittington family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Whittington family history?

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

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 a politician who was the inspiration for the folk tale "Dick Whittington and His Cat" was from Gloucestershire, but his family claim descent from Staffordshire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whittington research. Another 271 words (19 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.

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Another 109 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whittington Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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, landed in St Christopher in 1633
  • Richard Whittington, who arrived in New England in 1646
  • Francis Whittington, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
  • Wm Whittington, who arrived in Virginia in 1653


Whittington Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Thomas Whittington settled in Maryland in 1774

Whittington Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • George Whittington arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Stebonheath" in 1850
  • John Whittington, aged 28, a plumber, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Magdalena"
  • George Ball Caswell Whittington, aged 35, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Caroline"

Whittington Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Hugh Whittington, aged 21, a bricklayer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hindostan" in 1875
  • Edward Whittington, aged 32, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875
  • Thomas Whittington, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875
  • Jacob Whittington, aged 35, a gardener, arrived in Taranaki aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878
  • Mary J. Whittington, aged 33, arrived in Taranaki aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878


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  • William Madison Whittington (1878-1962), American politician, Democratic politician from Mississippi
  • Volney Voss "V.V." Whittington (1893-1974), American banker and politician, Democratic member of the Louisiana State Senate from 1928 to 1932
  • Khadijah Ameenah Whittington (b. 1986), American professional basketball player
  • Reginald Donald "Don" Whittington (b. 1946), former American racing driver from Lubbock, Texas
  • Andrew Whittington (b. 1971), Australian former rugby league player
  • Sergeant Hulon B Whittington, American soldier who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • Professor Harry Whittington, American geologist
  • Charles Whittington, Chamberlain of London


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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.

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  2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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  8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  9. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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The Whittington Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Whittington 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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