The ancestors of the Whittwell family brought their name to England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in any of various places called Whitwell,
, and the North Riding of Yorkshire.These place names are derived from the Old English hwi-t,
meaning "white," and well
meaning a "spring," or "stream."
Early Origins of the Whittwell family
The surname Whittwell was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Whittwell family
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Whittwell Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Whittwell were recorded, including Witwall, Witwell, Whitwell, Whitwel, Whitewell and others.
Early Notables of the Whittwell family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Griffin Whitwell (1719-1797), birth name of Field Marshal John Griffin Griffin, 4th Baron
Howard de Walden, 1st Baron
Braybrooke. He assumed the name Griffin through his mother Anne... Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whittwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Whittwell family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Whittwell arrived in North America very early: Elizabeth Whitewell, who settled in Virginia in 1653; W. Whitewell settled in San Francisco California in 1864; John Whitwell settled in America in 1675.
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