Whyman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Whyman is an ancient Anglo-Saxon surname that came from the Anglo-Saxon personal name Wigmund, meaning man of war. [1]

Early Origins of the Whyman family

The surname Whyman was first found in Sussex but "Wymond and Wymund occurred as surnames in Oxfordshire, Bucks, Gloucestershire, and Norfolk during the 13th century." [2]

Early History of the Whyman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whyman research. Another 274 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 152 and 1520 are included under the topic Early Whyman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Whyman Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Whyman has been recorded under many different variations, including Wyman, Wyeman and others.

Early Notables of the Whyman family (pre 1700)

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New Zealand Whyman 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:

Whyman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Susan Whyman, (b. 1857), aged 1 year 6 months, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Mystery" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 29th March 1859 [3]
  • Miss Fanny Whyman, (b. 1848), aged 10 years 6 months, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Mystery" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 29th March 1859 [3]
  • Mr. Thomas Whyman, (b. 1815), aged 43, British mariner travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Mystery" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 29th March 1859 [3]
  • Mrs. Jane Whyman, (b. 1816), aged 42, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Mystery" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 29th March 1859 [3]
  • Mr. Thomas Whyman, (b. 1841), aged 17, British boatman travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Mystery" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 29th March 1859 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Whyman (post 1700) +

  • Kevin Whyman (1975-2015), English rower and air pilot who was killed in an aviation accident at the 2015 CarFest
  • Erica Whyman OBE (b. 1969), English theatre director, Artistic Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company (2013-)
  • Phil Whyman (b. 1971), English musician, artist and television star
  • Alfred Whyman (b. 1884), English association footballer who played from 1905 to 1920
  • Matt Whyman, British Young adult fiction novelist
  • Djaran Whyman (b. 1983), Australian rules footballer


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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