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Witney is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest brought to England in 1066. The Witney family lived in Herefordshire, at the village of Whitney.

Witney Early Origins



The surname Witney was first found in Herefordshire where Harold de Whitney held the Lordship of Whitney from St. Guthlac's Church.

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Witney Spelling Variations


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Witney Spelling Variations



Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Whitney, Witney and others.

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Witney Early History


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Witney Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Witney research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1377, 1413 and 1436 are included under the topic Early Witney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Witney Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Witney Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Witney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Witney In Ireland


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Witney In Ireland



Some of the Witney 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



Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Witney or a variant listed above:

Witney Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Witney, who came to Virginia in 1635
  • Thomas Witney, who arrived in Virginia in 1635

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Contemporary Notables of the name Witney (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Witney (post 1700)



  • Michael Witney (1931-1983), born Whitney Michael Armstrong, an American film and television actor
  • William Nuelsen Witney (1915-2002), American film and television director
  • Charles H. "Buck" Witney (b. 1919), Canadian politician, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1959 to 1969

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Motto


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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: Volens et valens
Motto Translation: Willing and able.


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Witney Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    4. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
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    The Witney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Witney 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 9 January 2017 at 07:40.

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