Witten History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Witten family

The surname Witten was first found in Roxburghshire in the lands of Whitton, in Morebattle parish. The first on record was John Wytton, prior of St. Andrews in 1285 A.D. Michael and Adam Wytton both rendered homage to King Edward I of England in his brief conquest of Scotland in 1296. Michael was chief forester of the Forest of Selkirk. His seal showed a deer running. Richard Wyttone, a dignitary of the Church also rendered homage. [1]

Further to the south, "there are parishes in Lincoln, Durham, Hereford, Northumberland, Salop (Shropshire) and Suffolk." [2]

Early History of the Witten family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Witten research. Another 82 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1165, 1400, 1370, 1303, 1576, 1585, 1595, 1585, 1588, 1635 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Witten History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Witten Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Whitton, Whitten, Whytten, Whytton, Wytton, Wytten, Witten, Witton, Wyton and many more.

Early Notables of the Witten family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Michael Whitton, Chief Forester of the Kings Forest of Selkirk in 1303. Sir John Whiddon (d. 1576), was an English judge, the eldest son of John Whiddon of Chagford in Devonshire, where his family had long been established. [3] Jacob Whiddon ( fl. 1585-1595), was an English sea-captain, "a trusted servant and follower of Sir Walter Ralegh, who speaks of him as 'a man most valiant and honest,' seems to have been with Sir Richard Greynvile...
Another 83 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Witten Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Witten migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Witten Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Richard Witten, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1715 [4]
Witten Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Cath Elis Witten, who arrived in America in 1836 [4]
  • William L Witten, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [4]
  • Simsarosa Witten, aged 21, who arrived in New York, NY in 1852 [4]

New Zealand Witten migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Witten Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Witten, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Martaban" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 8th October 1856 [5]
  • Mr. Witten, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Henry Miller" arriving in Napier, North Island, New Zealand on 19th October 1868 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Witten (post 1700) +

  • Sally Sue Witten, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1952
  • Jack W. Witten, American Democrat politician, Member of Virginia State House of Delegates, 1950
  • J. H. Witten, American politician, Mayor of Pharr, Texas, 1953-54
  • Dayton A. Witten (b. 1896), American Republican politician, Member of Washington State Senate 30th District, 1947; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Washington, 1948; Mayor of Auburn, Washington, 1953-55
  • A. D. Witten, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Presidential Elector for Virginia, 1920
  • Louis Witten (b. 1921), American theoretical physicist, father of Edward Witten
  • Lindsey Rashaun Witten (b. 1988), American NFL and CFL football defensive end
  • Matthew Witten, American Primetime Emmy Award nominated television writer, best known for his work on House M.D. (2004), Ghostwriter (1992), Peacemakers (2003) and Supernatural (2005)
  • Laurence C. Witten II (1926-1995), American rare book dealer and collector of antiquities
  • Jesse Witten (b. 1982), American professional tennis player who had the highest ranking of 163 in 2010
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Witten +

  • 3576 "Greenup, Witten, Cecil" by Elise Greenup Jourdan.

  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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