The name Witeworde was brought to England
by the Normans
when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Witeworde family lived in Durham
, at Whitworth
Early Origins of the Witeworde family
The surname Witeworde was first found in Durham
where they held a family seat
from ancient times, in 1066.
Early History of the Witeworde family
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Witeworde 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. Witeworde has been recorded under many different variations, including Witworth, Whitworth and others.
Early Notables of the Witeworde family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Witeworde family to Ireland
Some of the Witeworde family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 43 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Witeworde 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. Witewordes were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: 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 Witeworde 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.