The name Wittny reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Wittny family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Wittny family lived in Herefordshire
, at the village of Whitney
Early Origins of the Wittny family
The surname Wittny was first found in Herefordshire
where Harold de Whitney held the Lordship of Whitney from St. Guthlac's Church.
Early History of the Wittny family
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Wittny Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Whitney, Witney and others.
Early Notables of the Wittny family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wittny family to Ireland
Some of the Wittny family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 49 words (4 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 Wittny family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Wittny name or one of its variants: 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 Wittny 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.