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The name Witters is tied to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England. It comes from the Old Norse personal name Vidarr, which means, wide messenger. Witters is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Many patronyms were formed when a son used his father's personal name as a surname, while others came from the personal names of famous religious and secular figures. In this case, the surname was originally derived from the given name of an ancestor of the bearer. The name could also have been derived from the Anglo Saxon Wihthere, meaning "a courageous warrior."

Witters Early Origins



The surname Witters was first found in Norfolk and Lincolnshire where the first record of the name "occurs in the Domesday Book as a tenant prior to that census. " [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
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Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Wyther cognomento Turnel was listed in Norfolk (1134-1140) as was Richerus filius Wither (1153-1168.) William Wither was listed in Lincolnshire c. 1160 and Geoffrey Wider was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Gloucestershire in 1192. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 includes: Agnes Wyther in Cambridgeshire; Richard Wyther in Oxfordshire; Simon Wyther in Huntingdonshire; and Walter Wythor in Cambridgeshire. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Witters Spelling Variations


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Witters Spelling Variations



Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Witters has undergone many spelling variations, including Withers, Wither and others.

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Witters Early History


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Witters Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Witters research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1588, 1667, 1657, 1720, 1707, 1708 and 1708 are included under the topic Early Witters History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Witters Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Witters Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Witters Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Witters In Ireland


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Witters In Ireland



Some of the Witters family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Witters were among those contributors:

Witters Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Gottfried Witters, who arrived in America in 1780

Witters Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Charles Witters, aged 46, who settled in America, in 1914
  • Katherine Witters, aged 39, who landed in America, in 1914
  • Herbert J. Witters, aged 16, who emigrated to the United States, in 1918
  • Agnes Witters, aged 50, who emigrated to the United States, in 1923
  • Margaret Witters, aged 21, who emigrated to America, in 1923
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Witters Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Witters, aged 31, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875
  • Annie Witters, aged 26, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875
  • Robert Witters, aged 1, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Witters (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Witters (post 1700)



  • George Witters (1876-1934), notable New Zealand farmer, horticulturist and conservationist

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Other References

  1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  4. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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The Witters Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Witters 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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