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The generations and branches of the Withers family share a name that has its roots in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. The name Withers comes from the Old Norse personal name Vidarr, which means, wide messenger. Withers is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Many patronyms were formed when a son used his father's personal name as a surname, while others came from the personal names of famous religious and secular figures. In this case, the surname was originally derived from the given name of an ancestor of the bearer. The name could also have been derived from the Anglo Saxon Wihthere, meaning "a courageous warrior."

Withers Early Origins



The surname Withers was first found in Norfolk and Lincolnshire where the first record of the name "occurs in the Domesday Book as a tenant prior to that census. " [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
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Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Wyther cognomento Turnel was listed in Norfolk (1134-1140) as was Richerus filius Wither (1153-1168.) William Wither was listed in Lincolnshire c. 1160 and Geoffrey Wider was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Gloucestershire in 1192. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 includes: Agnes Wyther in Cambridgeshire; Richard Wyther in Oxfordshire; Simon Wyther in Huntingdonshire; and Walter Wythor in Cambridgeshire. [2]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)

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Withers Spelling Variations


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Withers Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Withers include Withers, Wither and others.

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Withers Early History


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Withers Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Withers research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1588, 1667, 1657, 1720, 1707, 1708 and 1708 are included under the topic Early Withers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Withers Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Withers Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Withers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Withers In Ireland


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Withers In Ireland



Some of the Withers family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Withers or a variant listed above:

Withers Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Withers settled in New Hampshire in 1630
  • Thomas Withers, who landed in New England in 1631
  • Stephen Withers, who arrived in Virginia in 1634
  • John Withers settled in Virginia in 1638
  • William Withers settled in Barbados in 1654
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Withers Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Withers, who arrived in Virginia in 1706
  • Sarah Withers, who landed in Maryland in 1740
  • Robert Withers, who landed in Mississippi in 1799
  • Jesse Withers, who landed in Mississippi in 1799
  • Hollenworth Withers, who arrived in Mississippi in 1799

Withers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Withers, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Mary Withers arrived in New York in 1823 with five children
  • Margaret Withers, aged 20, landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • Jane Withers, aged 22, arrived in New York in 1862

Withers Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Withers settled in St. John's Newfoundland in 1832 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Withers Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Withers, aged 24, a sawyer, arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HMS BUFFALO 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Buffalo.htm
  • Robert Withers arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Emily" in 1849
  • Gabriel Withers arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orator" in 1849
  • Robert Withers, aged 22, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Emily"
  • James Withers arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constitution" in 1851

Withers Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mr Withers landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1843 aboard the ship Ursula
  • Benjamin Withers arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "African" in 1860
  • Eliza Jane Withers, aged 25, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863
  • George Withers arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Owen Glendowner" in 1864

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Contemporary Notables of the name Withers (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Withers (post 1700)



  • William Harrison "Bill" Withers Jr. (b. 1938), American singer-songwriter and musician
  • Alexander Scott Withers (1792-1865), American author of Chronicles of Border Warfare (1831)
  • Jones Mitchell Withers (1814-1890), United States Army officer who fought during the Mexican–American War and later as a Confederate major general during the American Civil War
  • Ernest Withers (1922-2007), African American freelance photographer famous for his black and white images
  • Robert Enoch Withers (1821-1907), American physician, military officer, newspaperman, politician and diplomat
  • Mark Withers (b. 1947), American actor
  • Frederick Clarke Withers (1828-1901), English-born, American architect
  • Everett Withers (b. 1963), American football coach
  • Grant Withers (1905-1959), American film actor
  • David "Pick" Withers (1948-1938), original drummer for the rock band Dire Straits
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Withers Historic Events


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Withers Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Stanley Charles Withers, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. James Withers, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking and was evacuated

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Withers Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HMS BUFFALO 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Buffalo.htm

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  2. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  5. 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.
  6. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  9. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  11. ...

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