Witty History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Witty family

The surname Witty was first found in Berwickshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Witty family

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Witty Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Whitty, Witty and others.

Early Notables of the Witty family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Witty family to Ireland

Some of the Witty family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Witty migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Witty Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Humphrey Witty, who arrived in Maryland in 1668 [1]
Witty Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Witty, aged 29, who immigrated to the United States, in 1894
  • Robert Witty, aged 38, who settled in America, in 1894
Witty Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Loraine Witty, aged 14, who landed in America, in 1908
  • James Witty, aged 44, who immigrated to the United States from Monley, England, in 1909
  • May Witty, aged 32, who landed in America from Monley, England, in 1909
  • Eveline Witty, aged 20, who landed in America from Hull, England, in 1909
  • Alice Witty, aged 20, who landed in America from Dalston, England, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Witty migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Witty Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Witty, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1774
Witty Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Gerald Witty, aged 24, who immigrated to St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1919

Australia Witty migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Witty Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • W. Witty, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Childe Harold" in 1849 [2]
  • James Witty, aged 33, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan" [3]

New Zealand Witty migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Witty Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • George Witty, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cresswell" in 1856
  • Miss Grace Witty, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Tainui" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in December 1890 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Witty (post 1700) +

  • William Irwin Witty (b. 1853), American Democrat politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Rockingham County, 1909-14
  • Lee T. Witty (1859-1931), American Democrat politician, Real estate business; Immigration agent for Missouri Pacific Railroad; Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Scotland County, 1903-06, 1923-24, 1927-31
  • G. W. Witty, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1888
  • Frank Witty, American politician, Independent Candidate for U.S. Senator from North Dakota, 1932
  • Christine "Chris" Diane Witty (b. 1975), American speed skater and racing cyclist
  • Sir Andrew Philip Witty (b. 1964), English businessman, CEO of GlaxoSmithKline
  • George Witty (1856-1941), English-born, New Zealand Member of Parliament for Riccarton
  • John Witty (1915-1990), British film and television actor
  • Arthur Witty Cotton (1878-1969), Spanish-born, English footballer, club president and businessman


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHILDE HAROLD 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849ChildeHarold.htm
  3. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 25th October 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Lord Raglan 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/lordraglan1854.shtml
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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