Witell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Witell family
The surname Witell was first found in Lancashire where the name was derived from the place name Whittle-in-the-Woods, a township in the parish of Leyland. There are also "hamlets and townships in Northumberland and Derbyshire."  "There are five townships bearing this singular name, two of which are in Lancashire, two in Northumberland, and one in Derbyshire." 
Looking at census records in the late 1800's, the hamlet of Whittle in Derbyshire was the most populous with 2,284 people living there at that time, followed by Whittle in Northumberland with 56 and another Whittle in Northumberland with 31 people. The aforementioned Whittle-in-the-Woods or Whittle-Le-Woods is perhaps the most interesting. "One-half of the manor was granted about the reign of Henry I. to Gilbert de Witul." However, he passed the estate to "Richard le Butler; and by marriage with the heiresses of John Butler, it came to the families of Standish of Duxbury, and Anderton of Clayton." 
Early entries in various rolls were infrequent as we must look to the Wills at Chester to find the following entries: John Whittle, of Chorley, Lancashire in 1581; and Robert Whittle, of Leyland in 1617. 
Whittlesey is a village, in the hundred of North Witchford, Isle of Ely, county of Cambridge. "This place, called Witesie in Domesday Book, is supposed to have been a Roman station from the traces of a military way, and the numerous relics of antiquity discovered in the neighbourhood. " 
William Whittlesey or Wittlesey (d. 1374), was Archbishop of Canterbury, "though doubtless a native of the Cambridgeshire village whose name he bore. " 
Early History of the Witell family
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Witell Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Whittall, Whittell, Whittle, Wittle, Whyttel, Whyttall, Whyttle, Wyttle, Wittall, Wittel, Wittell and many more.
Early Notables of the Witell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Witell family to Ireland
Some of the Witell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Migration of the Witell family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Joseph Whittell, who settled in Jamaica in 1684; John Wittall arrived in Philadelphia in 1809; Thomas Whittle settled in New England in 1638; Edward Whittle settled in Virginia in 1663.