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The ancestors of the Witherspoon name date back to the kingdom of Dalriada in ancient Scotland. Witherspoon was a name for someone who lived in various places throughout Scotland. It may have been a habitation name from a now lost place name, thought to come from the Old English terms wether, which means "sheep," and "spong," or from spang, which means "a narrow strip of land." Habitation names form a broad category of surnames that were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Witherspoon Early Origins



The surname Witherspoon was first found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Friù), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Witherspoon Spelling Variations


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Witherspoon Spelling Variations



Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents Witherspoon has been spelled Wotherspoon, Witherspoon, Weatherspoon, Wetherspoon and many more.

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Witherspoon Early History


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Witherspoon Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Witherspoon research. Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1643, 1646, 1768, and 1894 are included under the topic Early Witherspoon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Witherspoon Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Witherspoon Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Witherspoon Notables 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



Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Witherspoon or a variant listed above:

Witherspoon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Girzel Witherspoon, who arrived in Perth Amboy, NJ in 1685

Witherspoon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Witherspoon, who landed in South Carolina in 1734
  • David Witherspoon, who arrived in America in 1768

Witherspoon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Eliza Witherspoon, who landed in America in 1804
  • Elizabeth, Henry, James, John, and Margaret Witherspoon, all arrived in New England in 1804
  • Margaret Witherspoon, who arrived in America in 1804
  • Hen Witherspoon, who landed in America in 1804
  • James Witherspoon, who arrived in America in 1804
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Witherspoon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Witherspoon arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Lilford" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY LILFORD 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839LadyLilford.htm

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Contemporary Notables of the name Witherspoon (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Witherspoon (post 1700)



  • Mark Witherspoon (b. 1963), American sprinter at the 1992 Summer Olympics
  • Herbert Witherspoon (1873-1935), American bass singer and General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera (1935)
  • Robert Witherspoon (1767-1837), American politician, U.S. Representative from South Carolina (1816-1817)
  • Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon (b. 1976), American Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild Award winning actress and film producer
  • Cora Witherspoon (1890-1957), American actress, active in the 1930s through the 1950s
  • John Witherspoon (b. 1942), American comedy actor
  • Jimmy Witherspoon (1920-1997), American blues singer
  • Tim "Terrible Tim" Witherspoon (b. 1957), American boxer, two-time Heavyweight Champion of the World
  • Reggie Witherspoon (1985-2008), American gold medalist sprinter at the 2008 Olympic Games
  • Reggie Witherspoon, American head coach of the University at Buffalo men's basketball team
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto



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: Deo juvante
Motto Translation: By God’s assistance.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY LILFORD 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839LadyLilford.htm

Other References

  1. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  3. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  5. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  6. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  8. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  10. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
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The Witherspoon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Witherspoon 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 29 November 2016 at 20:28.

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