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Witt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: Dutch , English , German


The German surname Witt emerged in the lands that formed the powerful German state of Prussia, which at one time was an immense German territory that stretched from France and the Low Countries to the Baltic sea and Poland. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the German territories were inhabited by a variety of Barbarian tribes. The borders of the Barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known as Prussia was roughly divided between the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia, and East Prussia. Brandenburg-Prussia was essentially the birthplace of modern Germany. By the 19th century, Brandenburg-Prussia had incorporated East Prussia, West Prussia and many other German territories. Moreover, in the late 19th century, it led the German states in the unification of Germany.


Early Origins of the Witt family


The surname Witt was first found in the territory of Neumark east of the Electorate of Brandenburg, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society that played a prominent role throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches in Northern Germany, and become recognized for its participation in social, economic, and political affairs.

Early History of the Witt family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Witt research.
Another 116 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1795, 1816, 1660, 1717, 1771 and 1837 are included under the topic Early Witt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Witt Spelling Variations


Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Witt include Witte, Witter, Wittek (Silesia), Witt (Holland) and others.

Early Notables of the Witt family (pre 1700)


Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Witt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Witt family to the New World and Oceana


Prussia played an extremely influential role in shaping modern German history. It remained a part of Germany until after the Second World War. Prussia was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. Many Prussians became residents of these new countries after the War, and many migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly to Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Witt were

Witt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jonathan Witt, who arrived in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1650 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Moses Witt, who arrived in Maryland in 1663 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • John Witt, who settled in Delaware Bay in 1683
  • Christopher Witt, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1683

Witt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Christopher Witt, who settled in Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1704
  • Jost Witt, who settled in Germantown in 1754
  • Jost Witt, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Gustavus Witt, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1794 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Catherine Witt, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1794 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Witt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael Witt, who landed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1812 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • William Witt, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1839
  • Andra Witt, who landed in America in 1844-1845 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Paul Witt, who landed in Texas in 1850-1906 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Charles Witt, aged 35, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1850 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Witt Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Maria Witt, who arrived in Quebec in 1850

Witt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Benjamin Witt, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Henry Witt, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Benjamin Witt, aged 30, a carpenter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • Henry Witt, aged 21, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • Eliza Witt, aged 21, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842

Contemporary Notables of the name Witt (post 1700)


  • Paul Junger Witt (1943-2018), American three-time Primetime Emmy Award winning and Academy Award nominated film and television producer, known for his work on Here Come the Brides, The Partridge Family, The Golden Girls, Soap, Benson, Dead Poets Society, Three Kings and Insomnia
  • Wiley Witt, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Big Stone Gap, Virginia, 1923-24 (acting, 1923-24)
  • William E. Witt, American politician, Candidate for Michigan superintendent of public instruction, 1915; Candidate for Circuit Judge in Michigan 3rd Circuit, 1917
  • Richard C. Witt, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 28th District, 1956
  • Peter Witt, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Governor of Ohio, 1928
  • Omer F. Witt, American Republican politician, Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives from St. Clair County, 1938
  • Mrs. Lee Witt, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Mexico, 1924
  • Katie Witt, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 2012
  • J. M. Witt, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1912
  • Jerry M. Witt, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 12th District, 2001
  • ... (Another 23 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Witt family



Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. Kevin Michael Witt (b. 1959), American Sergeant from Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, USA who died in the crash [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=317&MemID=550

Bismarck

  • Karl Witt (1915-1941), German Matrose Res. who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details

Hindenburg LZ-129

  • Mr. Hans Hugo Witt (1901-1937), German Luftwaffe Major from Barth-In-Pommern, Germany, who was a passenger on board the Hindenburg LZ-129 and survived the Airship Fire [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Hindenburg Disaster Passenger List | Airships.net. (Retrieved 2014, April 11) . Retrieved from http://www.airships.net/hindenburg/disaster/hindenburg-passenger-list/

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. F. Witt (d. 1912), age unknown, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  • Mr. Henry Dennis Witt (d. 1912), aged 37, English Fireman/Stoker from Lymington, England who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html

Suggested Readings for the name Witt


  • Our Ancestors Witt and Copeland by Forrest E. Witt.
  • Witt-Bates Connections, 1976 by Mrs. J.M. Harris.
  • Witty-Todd Genealogy by Carl Dean Witty.

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Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=317&MemID=550
  3. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details
  4. ^ Hindenburg Disaster Passenger List | Airships.net. (Retrieved 2014, April 11) . Retrieved from http://www.airships.net/hindenburg/disaster/hindenburg-passenger-list/
  5. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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