When the ancestors of the Whytwall family emigrated to England
following the Norman Conquest
in 1066 they brought their family name with them. 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 Whytwall family
The surname Whytwall was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Whytwall family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whytwall 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 Whytwall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Whytwall Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Whytwall has been recorded under many different variations, including Witwall, Witwell, Whitwell, Whitwel, Whitewell and others.
Early Notables of the Whytwall 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 Whytwall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Whytwall family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Whytwalls were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: 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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