The origins of the Witthorp name come from when the Anglo-Saxon
tribes ruled over Britain. The name Witthorp was originally derived from a family having lived at Winthrop
in the county of Lincolnshire
. That place-name is derived from the Old English personal name Winn,
and indicates that it was once owned by someone name Winn.
Early Origins of the Witthorp family
The surname Witthorp was first found in Lincolnshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor, some say at the time of the Norman Conquest
in the year 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Witthorp family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Witthorp research.Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1825, 1630, 1587, 1649, 1606, 1676, 1641 and 1717 are included under the topic Early Witthorp History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Witthorp Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Witthorp include Winthorpe, Wynethorpe, Wynthorpe, Winethorpe, Wynethrop, Winthrop, Winthropp, Winethrop, Winthorp, Winthropp, Wynthropp, Wynethropp, Wynthrop, Winthrip, Winthrup, Withrupp, Withripp, Winthroppe, Wynthroppe and many more.
Early Notables of the Witthorp family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include John Winthrop (1587-1649), a wealthy English Puritan lawyer and one of the leading figures in the founding of... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Witthorp Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Witthorp family to Ireland
Some of the Witthorp family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 69 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Witthorp family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Robert, Deane, John and Elizabeth Winthrop who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635 and they were related to the Governor or one of his brothers; William Winthrip settled in Virginia in 1663.
The Witthorp Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Hope wins a throne
Motto Translation: An anagram of John Winthrop.