The name Whittny reached England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Whittny family lived in Herefordshire
, at the village of Whitney
Early Origins of the Whittny family
The surname Whittny was first found in Herefordshire
where Harold de Whitney held the Lordship of Whitney from St. Guthlac's Church.
Early History of the Whittny family
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Whittny Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Whittny family name include Whitney, Witney and others.
Early Notables of the Whittny family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Whittny family to Ireland
Some of the Whittny family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Whittny family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Whittny family to immigrate North America: 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 Whittny 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.