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The story of the Wotherspoon family is rich with Scottish history. It begins in the ancient kingdom of Dalriada where Wotherspoon evolved as a name for some who lived in various places throughout Scotland. It may have been a habitation name from a now lost place name, thought to come from the Old English terms wether, which means "sheep," and "spong," or from spang, which means "a narrow strip of land." Habitation names form a broad category of surnames that were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Wotherspoon Early Origins



The surname Wotherspoon was first found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Friù), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Wotherspoon Spelling Variations


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Wotherspoon Spelling Variations



Historical recordings of the name Wotherspoon include many spelling variations. They include They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. Wotherspoon, Witherspoon, Weatherspoon, Wetherspoon and many more.

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Wotherspoon Early History


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Wotherspoon Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wotherspoon research. Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1643, 1646, 1768, and 1894 are included under the topic Early Wotherspoon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wotherspoon Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wotherspoon Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Wotherspoon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence, many Scots who remained loyal to England re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan societies and highland games sprang up across North Ameri ca. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Wotherspoons to arrive on North American shores:

Wotherspoon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Grissell Wotherspoon, who arrived in Perth Amboy, NJ in 1685
  • Grizell Wotherspoon settled in East New Jersey in 1686

Wotherspoon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Wotherspoon arrived in Philadelphia in 1796

Wotherspoon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • M Wotherspoon, aged 29, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Robert Wotherspoon, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1826
  • James Dundas Wotherspoon, who landed in America in 1855

Wotherspoon Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Dr. Francis Wotherspoon, aged 55, who landed in America from Kingston, Jamaica, in 1905
  • Agnes Wotherspoon, aged 30, who settled in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1907
  • Campbell Wotherspoon, aged 19, who landed in America from Cullybackey, Ireland, in 1908
  • David Wotherspoon, aged 9, who emigrated to the United States from Leslie, Scotland, in 1908
  • Alexander Wotherspoon, aged 25, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Wotherspoon Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Cecil Wotherspoon, aged 40, who emigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1913

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wotherspoon (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wotherspoon (post 1700)



  • Adella Liebenow Wotherspoon (1903-2004), the youngest survivor of the General Slocum ship disaster of 1904
  • William Wallace Wotherspoon (1850-1921), Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army in 1914
  • DAvid Wotherspoon (b. 1990), Scottish professional football player
  • Jeremy Lee Wotherspoon (b. 1976), Canadian Olympic speed skater

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Motto


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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: Deo juvante
Motto Translation: By God’s assistance.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    3. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    4. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    7. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    8. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    9. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    11. ...

    The Wotherspoon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wotherspoon Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 27 December 2013 at 20:34.

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