Whittnay is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Whittnay family lived in Herefordshire
, at the village of Whitney
Early Origins of the Whittnay family
The surname Whittnay was first found in Herefordshire
where Harold de Whitney held the Lordship of Whitney from St. Guthlac's Church.
Early History of the Whittnay family
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Whittnay Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Whitney, Witney and others.
Early Notables of the Whittnay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Whittnay family to Ireland
Some of the Whittnay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 87 words (6 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 Whittnay family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Whittnay or a variant listed above: Joe Whitney and his son, who settled in New England
in 1635; John Whitney, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635, along with Richard and Nathaniel.
The Whittnay 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: Volens et valens
Motto Translation: Willing and able.