Whittle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Whittle family

The surname Whittle was first found in Lancashire where the name was derived from the place name Whittle-in-the-Woods, a township in the parish of Leyland. There are also "hamlets and townships in Northumberland and Derbyshire." [1] "There are five townships bearing this singular name, two of which are in Lancashire, two in Northumberland, and one in Derbyshire." [2]

Looking at census records in the late 1800's, the hamlet of Whittle in Derbyshire was the most populous with 2,284 people living there at that time, followed by Whittle in Northumberland with 56 and another Whittle in Northumberland with 31 people. The aforementioned Whittle-in-the-Woods or Whittle-Le-Woods is perhaps the most interesting. "One-half of the manor was granted about the reign of Henry I. to Gilbert de Witul." However, he passed the estate to "Richard le Butler; and by marriage with the heiresses of John Butler, it came to the families of Standish of Duxbury, and Anderton of Clayton." [3]

Early entries in various rolls were infrequent as we must look to the Wills at Chester to find the following entries: John Whittle, of Chorley, Lancashire in 1581; and Robert Whittle, of Leyland in 1617. [1]

Whittlesey is a village, in the hundred of North Witchford, Isle of Ely, county of Cambridge. "This place, called Witesie in Domesday Book, is supposed to have been a Roman station from the traces of a military way, and the numerous relics of antiquity discovered in the neighbourhood. " [3]

William Whittlesey or Wittlesey (d. 1374), was Archbishop of Canterbury, "though doubtless a native of the Cambridgeshire village whose name he bore. " [4]

Early History of the Whittle family

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Whittle Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Whittall, Whittell, Whittle, Wittle, Whyttel, Whyttall, Whyttle, Wyttle, Wittall, Wittel, Wittell and many more.

Early Notables of the Whittle family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Whittle family to Ireland

Some of the Whittle family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Whittle migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Whittle Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Whittle, who settled in New England in 1638
  • Thomas Whittle, aged 18, who arrived in New England in 1638 [5]
  • William Whittle, who landed in Maryland in 1646 [5]
  • Magdalen Whittle, who landed in Maryland in 1646 [5]
  • Susan Whittle, who landed in Maryland in 1657 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Whittle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Richard Whittle, aged 24, who landed in New England in 1774 [5]
Whittle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Whittle, aged 33, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1813 [5]
  • J Whittle, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [5]
  • Maria Whittle, aged 28, who landed in New York in 1862 [5]

Canada Whittle migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Whittle Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Private. Richard Whittle U.E. born in Kildare, Ireland who settled in Essex, Essex County, Ontario c. 1784 then listed as in Kingston, Ontario in later years he served in Butler's Rangers, married to Marie Joseph Eusebe Thibaut in 1775 having 6 children was a Tailor [6]

Australia Whittle migration to Australia +

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

Whittle Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Whittle, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • Mr. James Whittle, English convict who was convicted in Chester, Cheshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 3rd November 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • William Whittle, aged 26, a bricklayer, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836 [9]
  • Mr. William Whittle, English convict who was convicted in Worcester, Worcestershire, England for 15 years , transported aboard the "Barossa" on 8th December 1839, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [10]
  • William Whittle, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Platina" in 1839 [11]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Whittle 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:

Whittle Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Whittle, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Blundell" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 21st September 1848 [12]
  • Charles Whittle, aged 34, a farm labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
  • Maria Whittle, aged 35, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
  • Ann M. Whittle, aged 4, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
  • Christina Whittle, aged 3, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Whittle (post 1700) +

  • Jason Whittle (b. 1975), American professional (NFL) football player
  • Air Commodore Sir Frank Whittle OM, KBE, CB, FRS (1907-1996), English aeronautical engineer, Royal Air Force officer, inventor of the jet engine
  • John Woods Whittle VC, DCM (1882-1946), Australian WWI recipient of the Victoria Cross for heroic deeds in 1917
  • Peter Armstrong Whittle (1789-1866), Lancashire antiquary, born at Inglewhite in the parish of Goosnargh, Lancashire [13]
  • Brigadier Wilford William Whittle (1892-1964), Australian Deputy Master-General of Ordnance, Army Headquarters from 1940 to 1945 [14]
  • Peter Whittle FRS (b. 1927), New Zealand mathematician and statistician
  • Major-General Harold Whittle Blakeley (1893-1966), American Commanding Officer, 4th Division, North-West Europe (1944-1946) [15]


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HMS BUFFALO 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Buffalo.htm
  10. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barossa
  11. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PLATINA 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Platina.htm
  12. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  13. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 Jan. 2019
  14. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, September 8) Wilford Whittle. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Whittle/Wilford_William/Australia.html
  15. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 6) Harold Blakeley. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Blakeley/Harold_Whittle/USA.html


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