Withell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Withell family

The surname Withell was first found in Lancashire where the name was derived from the place name Whittle-in-the-Woods, a township in the parish of Leyland. There are also "hamlets and townships in Northumberland and Derbyshire." [1] "There are five townships bearing this singular name, two of which are in Lancashire, two in Northumberland, and one in Derbyshire." [2]

Looking at census records in the late 1800's, the hamlet of Whittle in Derbyshire was the most populous with 2,284 people living there at that time, followed by Whittle in Northumberland with 56 and another Whittle in Northumberland with 31 people. The aforementioned Whittle-in-the-Woods or Whittle-Le-Woods is perhaps the most interesting. "One-half of the manor was granted about the reign of Henry I. to Gilbert de Witul." However, he passed the estate to "Richard le Butler; and by marriage with the heiresses of John Butler, it came to the families of Standish of Duxbury, and Anderton of Clayton." [3]

Early entries in various rolls were infrequent as we must look to the Wills at Chester to find the following entries: John Whittle, of Chorley, Lancashire in 1581; and Robert Whittle, of Leyland in 1617. [1]

Whittlesey is a village, in the hundred of North Witchford, Isle of Ely, county of Cambridge. "This place, called Witesie in Domesday Book, is supposed to have been a Roman station from the traces of a military way, and the numerous relics of antiquity discovered in the neighbourhood. " [3]

William Whittlesey or Wittlesey (d. 1374), was Archbishop of Canterbury, "though doubtless a native of the Cambridgeshire village whose name he bore. " [4]

Early History of the Withell family

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Withell Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Whittall, Whittell, Whittle, Wittle, Whyttel, Whyttall, Whyttle, Wyttle, Wittall, Wittel, Wittell and many more.

Early Notables of the Withell family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Withell family to Ireland

Some of the Withell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Australia Withell migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Withell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Kate Withell, (b. 1837), aged 22, Cornish nurse departing from Liverpool on 28th May 1859 aboard the ship "Commodore Perry" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 25th August 1859 [5]

New Zealand Withell migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Withell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Hannah Withell, (b. 1809), aged 55, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Ivanhoe" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th June 1864 [6]
  • Mr. James Withell, (b. 1809), aged 55, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Ivanhoe" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th June 1864 [6]
  • Miss Rebecca Withell, (b. 1841), aged 23, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Ivanhoe" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th June 1864 [6]
  • Miss Mary Ann Withell, (b. 1846), aged 18, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Ivanhoe" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th June 1864 [6]
  • Mr. William Withell, (b. 1851), aged 13, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Ivanhoe" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th June 1864 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  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. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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