The name Witghan is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It was a name for someone who was 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
Early Origins of the Witghan family
The surname Witghan 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
in 1170; William Witman who was listed in the Pipe Rolls
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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Witghan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Witghan research.Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1688, 1716, 1566, 1612 and are included under the topic Early Witghan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Witghan Spelling Variations
Witghan has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Witghan have been found, including Whiteman, Whitman, Wightman, Whyteman and others.
Early Notables of the Witghan family (pre 1700)
Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Witghan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Witghan family to Ireland
Some of the Witghan 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.
Migration of the Witghan family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Witghans to arrive on North American shores: Robert Whiteman settled in New England
in 1635; Matthew Whiteman arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733; John Whiteman settled in Philadelphia in 1741.