The name Witewall reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Witewall family as they migrated following the
of 1066. The Witewall family lived in any of various places called
, and the North Riding of Yorkshire.These place names are derived from the Old English
from very ancient times.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Witewall 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 Witewall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Witwall, Witwell, Whitwell, Whitwel, Whitewell and others.
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 Witewall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Witewall name or one of its variants: Elizabeth Whitewell, who settled in Virginia in 1653; W. Whitewell settled in San Francisco California in 1864; John Whitwell settled in America in 1675.