Withforthay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Withforthay family
The surname Withforthay 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 on the lands of Whiteford, on the River Cart, about three miles north of Paisley.
Early History of the Withforthay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Withforthay research. Another 152 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1263, 1296, 1489, 1489, 1558, 1688, 1542, 1581, 1647, 1635, 1686, 1626 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Withforthay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Withforthay Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Whiteford, Whitefoord, Whiteforde, Whitford and others.
Early Notables of the Withforthay family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Richard Whitford (or Whytford) (died 1542?), an English Catholic priest and author of many devotional works, probably from Whytford in Flint where he was known as 'the wretch of Syon.' His uncle, Richard Whitford, possessed property there at that time. 
Walter Whitford (ca. 1581-1647), was a Scottish minister, prelate and...
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Migration of the Withforthay family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Whiteford settled in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1854; James Whiteford settled in New York in 1845; several Whitfords settled in San Francisco, Cal. in 1850..
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: Ubique aut Nusquam
Motto Translation: Everywhere or Nowhere.
- Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print