Witherell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Witherell family

The surname Witherell was first found in Cumberland (now called Cumbria) as Wetheral, a village and civil parish that dates back to c. 1100 when it was first listed as Wetherhala. The place name literally means "nook of land where wether-sheep are kept," from the Old English words "wether" + "halh." [1] One of the first records of the name was found here with Richard de Wederhal who was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Cumberland in 1332. William Wethereld, Wetherald, Wetherold was listed in Suffolk (1429-1433). [2] Hugh de Wederhale was listed in Cumberland during the reign of Edward I., and Adam de Wederhal, horner was listed during the reign of Edward II., as a Freeman of York. [3]

Early History of the Witherell family

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Witherell Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wetherall, Weatherall, Wetherell, Metherall and many more.

Early Notables of the Witherell family (pre 1700)

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Witherell Ranking

In the United States, the name Witherell is the 16,280th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [4]

Ireland Migration of the Witherell family to Ireland

Some of the Witherell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Witherell migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Witherell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Will Witherell, who landed in New England in 1634 [5]
Witherell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • M. B. Witherell, aged 45, who settled in America, in 1894
  • Chas. R. Witherell, aged 48, who landed in America, in 1896
Witherell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Showell R. Witherell, who immigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • Mrs. R. B. Witherell, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Mrs. R. Witherell, aged 30, who immigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Mr. Witherell, who immigrated to America, in 1906
  • Mrs. Witherell, who landed in America, in 1906
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Witherell (post 1700) +

  • Benjamin Franklin Hawkins Witherell (1797-1867), American jurist, Justice of Michigan State Supreme Court, 1857; Circuit Judge in Michigan 3rd Circuit, 1858-66
  • Elizabeth Witherell, American director of the "The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau" project
  • James Witherell (1759-1838), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Vermont State Legislature; U.S. Representative from Vermont 1st District, 1807-08; Resigned 1808 [6]
  • Herbert D. Witherell, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Washtenaw County, 1930 [6]
  • Thomas Witherell Palmer (1830-1913), American politician, Senator from Michigan
  • Thomas Witherell Palmer (1830-1913), American Republican politician, Merchant; Real estate business; Lumber business; Member of Michigan State Senate 2nd District, 1879-80; U.S. Senator from Michigan, 1883-89; U.S. Minister to Spain, 1889-90


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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