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The ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England produced the name of Wightman. It was given to a person with a pale complexion or blond hair. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character. The name means "white man." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)


Wightman Early Origins



The surname Wightman was first found in Peebles-shire. The variant Witmar was found in the Domesday Book of 1086. Other early listings of the name or one of its variants include: Witeman fugitius who was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Gloucestershire in 1170; William Witman who was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Kent in 1230; Richard Wyteman who was listed in the Assize Rolls of Staffordshire in 1243; and Stephen Whytman who was listed in the Assize Rolls of Somerset in 1243. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

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Wightman Spelling Variations


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Wightman Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Wightman has appeared include Whiteman, Whitman, Wightman, Whyteman and others.

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Wightman Early History


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Wightman Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wightman research. Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1688, 1716, 1566, 1612 and are included under the topic Early Wightman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wightman Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wightman Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wightman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wightman In Ireland


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Wightman In Ireland



Some of the Wightman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Wightman arrived in North America very early:

Wightman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Anto Wightman, who landed in Virginia in 1653
  • John Wightman, who arrived in Rhode Island in 1654
  • James Wightman, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685

Wightman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Martin Wightman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1740
  • Jerrig Wightman, aged 25, landed in Pennsylvania in 1741

Wightman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Wightman, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1830
  • Jacob Wightman, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Joseph Wightman, who landed in New York in 1844
  • August Wightman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1862

Wightman Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Col. George Wightman U.E. (b. 1726) born in Rhode Island, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in England in 1820 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Lieut. John Wightman U.E. (b. 1748) born in North Kingston, Rhode Island, USA who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1784 son of Col. George Wightman, father to Capt. John Wightman, he died in 1819 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Wightman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Wightman, aged 28, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Chatham"
  • James Wightman, aged 39, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo"
  • James Wightman, aged 6, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo"
  • Ellen Wightman, aged 3, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wightman (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wightman (post 1700)



  • Bishop William May Wightman (1808-1882), American educator and clergyman, President of Wofford College (1853-1859), Chancellor of Southern University in Greensboro, Alabama (1860-1866)
  • Louise Fitzgerald "Lucy" Wightman, née Johnson, American former exotic dancer using the stage name Princess Cheyenne, current writer, photographer, and blogger
  • Robert Wightman, American actor, best known for replacing Richard Thomas in the role of "John-Boy Walton" in the TV series The Waltons
  • Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman (1886-1974), American tennis player, eponym of the Wightman Cup
  • Arthur Wightman (b. 1922), American theoretical physicist, discoverer of Wightman axioms
  • Elisha D. Wightman, American politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 7th District, 1861
  • David Chase Wightman (b. 1892), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Herkimer County, 1934-36
  • Charles J. Wightman, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 10th District, 1936
  • C. A. Wightman, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1932
  • Bobby Wightman, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from Texas, 2000
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  2. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  5. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  6. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Wightman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wightman Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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