The name Whytewall was brought to England
in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Whytewall family 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 Whytewall family
The surname Whytewall was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Whytewall family
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Whytewall 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 Whytewall have been found, including Witwall, Witwell, Whitwell, Whitwel, Whitewell and others.
Early Notables of the Whytewall 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 Whytewall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Whytewall family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, 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 Whytewall 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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