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Where did the English Witham family come from? What is the English Witham family crest and coat of arms? When did the Witham family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Witham family history?


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.

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. Witham Friary is a small village and civil parish located in Somerset.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Witham research. Another 279 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1538, 1707, 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.


Another 209 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Witham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


  • 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



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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  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. 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.

This page was last modified on 17 November 2015 at 10:18.

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