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Wightworthey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Wightworthey is a name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066. The Wightworthey family lived in Durham, at Whitworth.

Early Origins of the Wightworthey family


The surname Wightworthey was first found in Durham where they held a family seat from ancient times, in 1066.

Early History of the Wightworthey family


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Wightworthey Spelling Variations


A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Witworth, Whitworth and others.

Early Notables of the Wightworthey family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Wightworthey family to Ireland


Some of the Wightworthey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Wightworthey family to the New World and Oceana


Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Wightworthey or a variant listed above: Alice Whitworth and her husband who settled in New England in 1775; Joshua Whitworth settled in Philadelphia in 1859; Sarah Whitworth arrived in New York in 1823..

The Wightworthey Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Dum spiro spero
Motto Translation: While I have breath I hope.


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