Whitwall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Whitwall is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Whitwall family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Whitwall family lived in any of various places called Whitwell, in Dorset, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, 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 Whitwall family
The surname Whitwall was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times.
Early History of the Whitwall family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whitwall research. Another 156 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1238, 1100, 1296, 1719, 1797, 1749 and 1788 are included under the topic Early Whitwall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Whitwall Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Whitwall have been found, including Witwall, Witwell, Whitwell, Whitwel, Whitewell and others.
Early Notables of the Whitwall 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...
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Migration of the Whitwall family
For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Whitwall were among those contributors: 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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