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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. 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." 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.
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.
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.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Witham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Witham Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Witham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Witham Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Witham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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.
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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