Witway History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Witway family

The surname Witway was first found in Dorset, where Whiteway was and ancient hundred that included the parishes of Cheselbourne, Hilton, Ibberton, Melcombe Horsey, Milton Abbas, Stoke Wake and Woolland.

Another source claims the name is from neighboring Devon: "The Whiteways or Whiteaways bear an ancient Devonshire name. John de Wyteweye, of the Teignbridge hundred in the reign of Edward I., is referred to in the Hundred Rolls. An ancient estate in Kingsteignton, near Chudleigh, is called Whiteway, and a family of Whiteway resided in Chudleigh in the 16th and 17th centuries. The name was established in Ashburton in the 16th century, Whytewaye being the name of Ashburton churchwardens in 1539 and 1578. The name is still represented in Chudleigh and Ashburton." [1]

Another source agrees that the name is from "Whiteway House, Whiteway Barton (Devon) where the name was Whythaweye in 1335." [2] The name literally means "from a residence near a white road."

Early History of the Witway family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Witway research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Witway History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Witway Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Whiteway, Wyteway, Wightway, Witway and others.

Early Notables of the Witway family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Witway family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Silvester Whiteway who was a boat-keeper in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1682; William Whiteway settled at Western Bay, Newfoundland, in 1771; the Whiteways also settled at Harbour Grace,(1812).



  1. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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