The ancient history of the Witthropp name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided 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 Witthropp family
The surname Witthropp 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 Witthropp family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Witthropp 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 Witthropp History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Witthropp Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Witthropp 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 Witthropp 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 Witthropp Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Witthropp family to Ireland
Some of the Witthropp 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 Witthropp family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Witthropp or a variant listed above: 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 Witthropp 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.