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The surname Witham was first found in Lincolnshire at North Witham, a small village in South Kesteven. However, Witham is also a town in the county of Essex. The parish of Witham appears in the Domesday Book of 1086 and the manor of Witham was given to the Knights Templar in 1148. John de Wytham, was 'the king's chaplain' in 1286. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Witham Friary is a small village and civil parish located in Somerset. "Ledstone Hall [in Ledstone, in the West Riding of Yorkshire] is a handsome mansion, anciently the seat of the Witham family." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Witham, Withem, Wittam, Witam, Withum, Wittum, Whittam, Whitham, Whittum, Whittem, Wytham, Wyttam, Wyttum, Wythum, Withams, Wittams and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Witham research. Another 509 words (36 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1538, 1625, 1752, 1777, 1707, 1799, 1884, 1473, 1454, 1458, 1460, 1467, 1473, 1420, 1489, 1624, 1604, 1668, 1654 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Witham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notables of the family at this time include William Witham (or Wytham) (died before 1473), English cleric who was incumbent at St Marylebone until 12 November 1454, when he exchanged the office for that of Archdeacon of Stow. He was then Archdeacon of Leicester (from 1458), Dean of Arches (from c.?1460)...

Another 62 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Witham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Witham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Peter Witham who settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1630
  • John Witham, who landed in Maryland in 1651
  • Cuthbert Witham, who arrived in Virginia in 1665

Witham Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Henry Witham settled in Maryland in 1730
  • Conrad Witham, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1770

Witham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Witham, aged 23, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Miss Witham settled in Boston in 1823
  • George and Joshua Witham arrived in Pennsylvania in 1855

Witham Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Sara Witham, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1818

Witham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Harriet Witham arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tory" in 1851
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  • Drake Witham (b. 1972), American Los Angeles based stand-up comedian
  • Myron E. Witham (1880-1973), American football player and coach
  • Susan Witham, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives 93rd District, 1978
  • Samuel R. Witham, American politician, Representative from Pennsylvania 7th District, 1926
  • Mrs. Robert C. Witham, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 1972
  • Jason G. Witham, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Mayor of Quincy, Massachusetts, 1889
  • Alphonso N. Witham, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from Maine 1st District, 1908
  • A. Ray Witham, American politician, Mayor of Alhambra, California, 1950-51
  • Henry T M Witham (1779-1844), the first English person to investigate the internal structure of fossil plants, Fellow of the Geological Society of London and of the Royal and Wernerian Societies of Edinburgh
  • Richard "Dick" Witham (1915-1999), English professional footballer
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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: Optime merenti
Motto Translation: To the best deserving.

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Citations



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  2. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  8. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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The Witham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Witham Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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