Early Origins of the Wittnell family
The surname Wittnell was first found in Northampton
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1327 when Jonathon Whatnall held estates.
Early History of the Wittnell family
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Wittnell Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Whatnall, Whetnall, Wetnall, Whettenhall, Wettenhall, Wetenhall, Watonhall, Watenhall, Whatnell, Whetnell, Witnall, Wittnell, Wetnall, Whettnall, Watnell, Watnow, Whatnow, Watnoe, Wetno and many more.
Early Notables of the Wittnell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wittnell family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..
The Wittnell 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: Virtute et fortitudo
Motto Translation: By valour and strength.