When the ancestors of the Witny family emigrated to England
following the Norman Conquest
in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Herefordshire
, at the village of Whitney
Early Origins of the Witny family
The surname Witny was first found in Herefordshire
where Harold de Whitney held the Lordship of Whitney from St. Guthlac's Church.
Early History of the Witny family
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Witny Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Witny has been recorded under many different variations, including Whitney, Witney and others.
Early Notables of the Witny family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Witny family to Ireland
Some of the Witny family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Witny family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Witny Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- William Witny, aged 25, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
- Jane Witny, aged 23, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
- Florence Witny, aged 11 months, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
The Witny 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.