Whitty History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Whitty family

The surname Whitty was first found in Berwickshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Whitty family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whitty research. Another 58 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1097, 1493, 1586, and 1769 are included under the topic Early Whitty History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Whitty Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Whitty, Witty and others.

Early Notables of the Whitty family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Whitty family to Ireland

Some of the Whitty family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Whitty migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Whitty Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Whitty, who settled in Virginia in 1656
  • Edward Whitty, who landed in Maryland in 1658 [1]
  • Percy Whitty, who arrived in Virginia in 1663 [1]
  • Richard Whitty, who landed in Maryland in 1665 [1]
Whitty Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Miles Whitty, aged 27, who arrived in New York in 1800 [1]
  • Nicholas Whitty, who landed in Indiana in 1852 [1]
  • Bess Whitty, aged 21, who arrived in New York in 1854 [1]
  • John Whitty, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1856

Canada Whitty migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Whitty Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • James Whitty was a shoreman in possession of property at Tor Bay, Newfoundland, in 1764 [2]
Whitty Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mary Whitty, aged 21, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland

New Zealand Whitty 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:

Whitty Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Whitty, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Morning Star" in 1861
  • Mr. Whitty, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Hydaspes" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 28th October 1868 [3]
  • Mr. John Whitty, (b. 1839), aged 35, Irish farmer from Wexford travelling from London aboard the ship "Tweed" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th September 1874 [4]
  • Thomas Whitty, aged 30, a herder, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Isle of Bute" in 1879

Contemporary Notables of the name Whitty (post 1700) +

  • George Whitty, American musician /composer /producer /engineer
  • Jeff Whitty, American playwright
  • Edward Michael Whitty (1827-1860), English journalist, born in London, son of Michael James Whitty [5]
  • Ernest Whitty (1907-1985), English professional footballer
  • Thomas Whitty (1713-1792), English carpet manufacturer who founded Axminster carpets in 1755
  • Dame May Whitty (1865-1948), Oscar-nominated English theatre and cinema actress
  • Michael James Whitty (1795-1873), Irish journalist, born in Wexford who "commenced his literary career in London" in 1821 [5]
  • Patrick Joseph Whitty (1894-1967), Irish nationalist politician and MP
  • Rose Whitty (1831-1911), Irish nun and foundress of convents
  • Paul Whitty (b. 1970), England-based composer born in Northern Ireland
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. John Whitty, British Leading Fireman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [6]
  • Mr. James Whitty, British Fireman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [6]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 Jan. 2019
  6. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html


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