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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.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Witten research. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1165, 1400, 1370, 1303, 1635 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Witten History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Witten Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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

Witten Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Cath Elis Witten, who arrived in America in 1836
  • William L Witten, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Simsarosa Witten, aged 21, arrived in New York, NY in 1852

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  • 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
  • Christopher Jason Witten (b. 1982), American NFL football player for the Dallas Cowboys
  • Edward Witten (b. 1951), American theoretical physicist, awarded a Fields Medal in 1990, the Nemmers Prize in 2000 and the National Medal of Science in 2002


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  • Greenup, Witten, Cecil by Elise Greenup Jourdan.
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  6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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The Witten Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Witten 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.

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