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The German surname Witte 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.

Witte Early Origins



The surname Witte 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.

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Witte Spelling Variations


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Witte Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Witte include Witte, Witter, Wittek (Silesia), Witt (Holland) and others.

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Witte Early History


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Witte Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Witte research. Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1795, 1816, 1660, 1717, 1771 and 1837 are included under the topic Early Witte History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Witte Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Witte Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration



Much of German history has been shaped by the state of Prussia. It was an enduring military power until after the Second World War. At that time, the state was abolished altogether and its land divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. While some Prussians were content to remain in those countries, others moved away, many of them migrating to North Ameri ca. They entered the United States mostly through Philadelphia, moving on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others went to Canada, settling on the prairies and in the province of Ontario. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Witte Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Ralph Witte, who landed in Maryland in 1668

Witte Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johann Diedrich Witte came to Germantown in 1753
  • Jobst Witte, who landed in America in 1780
  • Hermann Witte, who arrived in New York, NY in 1782

Witte Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Erich Witte, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849
  • Henry Witte, aged 39, landed in St Louis, Missouri in 1840
  • Johan G H Witte, aged 25, landed in St Louis, Missouri in 1840
  • Joh Heinr Witte, who arrived in America in 1844
  • Gustavus Adolphus Witte, who arrived in New York, NY in 1844
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Witte Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Wilhelm Witte, aged 20, arrived in New York, NY in 1901
  • Albert Witte, who settled in America from Brannschweiz, Germany, in 1910
  • Adolf Witte, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Nienberg, Germany, in 1912
  • Agnes Witte, aged 34, who landed in America from Kehe, Germany, in 1916
  • Adele Witte, aged 22, who emigrated to America from Backhorst, Germany, in 1924
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Witte Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • R. or F. Witte, aged 21, arrived in South Australia in 1847 aboard the ship "Hermann von Beckerath"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Witte (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Witte (post 1700)



  • Leslie "Les" Witte (1911-1973), nicknamed "Beanie" and "One Grand Witte", All-American basketball player for the Wyoming Cowboys in 1932 and 1934
  • William Henry Witte (1817-1876), American politician, Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania
  • Terry L. Witte (b. 1952), American attorney and politician, former Democratic member of the Missouri House of Representatives
  • Luke Witte (b. 1950), American basketball player
  • Philip Witte (b. 1984), German two-time gold and silver medalist field hockey player, Olympic Champion at the 2008 Summer Olympics
  • Alfred Witte (1878-1941), German astrologer, founder of the Hamburg School of Astrology
  • Erich Witte (1911-2008), German tenor
  • Helmut Witte (1915-2005), Danish Korvettenkapitän with the Kriegsmarine during World War II; he sank twenty-three ships on four patrols, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
  • Count Serge Witte (1849-1915), 3th Finance Minister of Imperial Russia (1892-1903), 1st Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Russian Empire (1905-1906), advocate of economic reform
  • Jean Carlo Witte (b. 1977), Brazilian footballer
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    3. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    4. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    5. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    6. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    7. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    8. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    9. 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).
    10. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    11. ...

    The Witte Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Witte 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 September 2016 at 20:42.

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