Whitton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Whitton family

The surname Whitton was first found in Roxburghshire in the lands of Whitton, in Morebattle parish. The first on record was John Wytton, prior of St. Andrews in 1285 A.D. Michael and Adam Wytton both rendered homage to King Edward I of England in his brief conquest of Scotland in 1296. Michael was chief forester of the Forest of Selkirk. His seal showed a deer running. Richard Wyttone, a dignitary of the Church also rendered homage. [1]

Further to the south, "there are parishes in Lincoln, Durham, Hereford, Northumberland, Salop (Shropshire) and Suffolk." [2]

Early History of the Whitton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whitton research. Another 82 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1165, 1400, 1370, 1303, 1576, 1585, 1595, 1585, 1588, 1635 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Whitton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Whitton Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Whitton, Whitten, Whytten, Whytton, Wytton, Wytten, Witten, Witton, Wyton and many more.

Early Notables of the Whitton family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Michael Whitton, Chief Forester of the Kings Forest of Selkirk in 1303. Sir John Whiddon (d. 1576), was an English judge, the eldest son of John Whiddon of Chagford in Devonshire, where his family had long been established. [3] Jacob Whiddon ( fl. 1585-1595), was an English sea-captain, "a trusted servant and follower of Sir Walter Ralegh, who speaks of him as 'a man most valiant and honest,' seems to have been with Sir Richard Greynvile...
Another 83 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whitton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Whitton migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Whitton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Whitton who settled in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1635 with his wife Audry and his sons Jeremy and James
  • Awdry Whitton, aged 45, who arrived in New England in 1635 [4]
  • Jeremy Whitton, aged 8, who landed in New England in 1635 [4]
  • Thomas Whitton, aged 36, who arrived in New England in 1635 [4]
  • Richard Whitton, who arrived in Maryland in 1665 [4]
Whitton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Whitton, who arrived in Virginia in 1703 [4]
  • Henry Whitton, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1712 [4]
  • John Whitton, who settled in Maryland in 1731
Whitton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Whitton, who landed in America in 1800 [4]
  • Francis Whitton, who landed in Virginia in 1884 [4]

Canada Whitton migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Whitton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Robert Whitton, who landed in Canada in 1821
  • John Whitton, aged 44, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1838 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork, Ireland
  • Peggy Whitton, aged 32, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1838 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork, Ireland
  • Mrs. Catherine Whitton, aged 75 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Argo" departing 4th May 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 12th June 1847 but she died on board [5]
  • Mr. Peter Whitton, aged 13 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Emily" departing 12th May 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 6th July 1847 but he died on board [5]

Australia Whitton migration to Australia +

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

Whitton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Whitton, (b.1792, aged 35 born in Gollenburg, Cornwall, UK convicted in Cornwall on 13th August 1827, sentenced for life for stealing from a person, transported aboard the ship "Borneo" in 1828 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [6]
  • Ms. Elizabeth Whitton(b. 1793), aged 35, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 13th August 1827, sentenced for life for stealing, transported aboard the ship "Borneo" on 7th May 1828 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [7]
  • Richard Whitton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Jenny Lind" in 1850 [8]
  • John Whitton, aged 26, a shepherd, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Navarino" [9]
  • John Whitton, aged 22, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"

New Zealand Whitton 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:

Whitton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Whitton, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Martha Whitton, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Thomas Whitton, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Mary Jane Whitton, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Sarah Whitton, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Whitton (post 1700) +

  • Margaret Ann "Peggy" Whitton (1949-2016), American stage, film and television actress, known for her roles in Major League, The Secret of My Success and Steaming
  • Michael Whitton, American film director, best known for his film Exit Strategy (2012)
  • Stephen Paul "Steve" Whitton (b. 1960), former English football striker
  • Geoff Whitton (b. 1942), former Australian rules footballer
  • Ivo Harrington Whitton (1893-1967), Australian amateur golfer, the only Australian to have won the Australian Open five times
  • Donald Richard "Don" Whitton (b. 1923), Canadian concert cellist
  • Charlotte Elizabeth Whitton OC, CBE (1896-1975), Canadian feminist, 46th Mayor of Ottawa, first female mayor of a major city in Canada
  • John Whitton (1820-1898), Australian Engineer-in-Charge for the New South Wales Railways, eponym of Whitton, New South Wales
  • John Whitton Haslem (b. 1939), Australian politician, Member of the Australian Parliament for Canberra (1975-1980)
  • Rear Admiral Roger Whitton Simpson (1898-1964), American officer awarded the Navy Cross during WWII [10]


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 99)
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/tasmanian_convicts_cornish.pdf
  7. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JENNY LIND 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850JennyLind.gif
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Navarino.htm
  10. ^ Roger Simpson. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Roger Simpson. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodger_W._Simpson


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