The ancestors of the Wittney family brought their name to England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Herefordshire
, at the village of Whitney
Early Origins of the Wittney family
The surname Wittney was first found in Herefordshire
where Harold de Whitney held the Lordship of Whitney from St. Guthlac's Church.
Early History of the Wittney family
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Wittney Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Wittney were recorded, including Whitney, Witney and others.
Early Notables of the Wittney family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wittney family to Ireland
Some of the Wittney 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.
Migration of the Wittney family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Wittney arrived in North America very early: Joe Whitney and his son, who settled in New England
in 1635; John Whitney, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635, along with Richard and Nathaniel.
The Wittney 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: Volens et valens
Motto Translation: Willing and able.