Early Origins of the Wittington family
The surname Wittington was first found in Derbyshire
at Whittington, a parish, in the union of Chesterfield, hundred
of Scarsdale. There are others locals of the same name found in Gloucestershire
To confuse the reader more, we draw your attention to the following quote under the township of Whittingham: "Warin de Whitington, who lived in the reign of John, held lands in the township, and his descendants held the manor in the reign of Edward II. The family long continued connected with the place; and a Richard Whittingham, who had two sons and a daughter, was living in the middle of the last century. [1700s]"
Richard Whittington (c. 1354-1423), the medieval merchant and politician who was the inspiration for the folk tale "Dick Whittington and His Cat" was from Gloucestershire, but his family claim descent from Staffordshire. He was in fact, Lord Mayor of London four times.
The Whittington Stone on Highgate Hill in front of Whittington Hospital has a statue in honour of Whittington's legendary cat.
Early History of the Wittington family
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Wittington Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Whitington, Whittington, Whyttington and others.
Early Notables of the Wittington family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Robert Whittington (Wittinton) (c.
1480-c. 1553), an English grammarian; and Sir Richard Whittington (c.
1354-1423), the famous "Dick Whittington," was Lord Mayor of London in... Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wittington Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wittington family to Ireland
Some of the Wittington family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 78 words (6 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 Wittington family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Wittington Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Wittington, who arrived in Virginia in 1642 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Wittington Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Wittington, aged 27, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870
- Sarah Wittington, aged 22, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870
- Charles Wittington, aged 23, a wheelwright, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waipa" in 1876
- Maria Wittington, aged 21, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waipa" in 1876
- Herbert Wittington, aged 10 months, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waipa" in 1876
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The Wittington 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: Sapere aude
Motto Translation: Dare to be wise.