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Early Origins of the Wythe family

The surname Wythe was first found in Somerset where Adam de la Wythye was listed in 1241. A few years later the Hundredorum Rolls of 1279 included Richard atte Widege and Robert Widie in Oxfordshire. John de Wyihye (1296) and Alan atte Wythye (1332) both lived at Withy Farm in Danehill in Sussex and were recorded in the Subsidy Rolls; presumably they were related. [1]

Up in Scotland, the first record there was that of Laurencius filius Wyth, judex de Perth in reign of Alexander II. He reigned there from 1214 until his death in 1249. "Thomas Wyche or Withe was burgess of Perth, rendered homage [to King Edward I of England in] 1296. Henry Wyth, burgess of Dunfermline, appears in 1316 and c. 1340. Bricius Wyche, familiaris regis, had an annuity from the king in 1364. In this record his name is mangled to Dichty, Wacht, Wicht, Wycht, Wighte, Wyght, Wichtis, and Wricht. Malcolm Wyth witnessed a deed of sale in Aberdeen, 1383." [2]

Early History of the Wythe family

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Wythe Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Withy, Withey, Withie, Wythy, Wythie, Wythey, With, Wyth, Wythe and many more.

Early Notables of the Wythe family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • George Wythe of Virginia, signer of the American Declaration of Independence

New Zealand Wythe 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:

Wythe Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Robert Wythe, aged 27, a timber feller, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cuba" in 1840

Contemporary Notables of the name Wythe (post 1700) +

  • Robert Wythe (b. 1962), American professional football player
  • George Wythe (1821-1877), American lawyer, politician, and soldier
  • George Wythe (1726-1806), American signer of Declaration of Independence
  • John Wythe, American politician, Postmaster at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1793-1802 [3]
  • George Wythe (1726-1806), American politician, Member of Virginia State Legislature, 1758-68; Delegate to Continental Congress from Virginia, 1775-77; Signer, Declaration of Independence, 1776; State Court Judge in Virginia, 1777 [3]
  • Laurence Mark Wythe (b. 1974), award winning English composer, lyricist and writer
  • George Wythe McCook (1820-1877), American Democratic Party politician, Ohio State Attorney General, 1854-56; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1860 [4]
  • George Wythe Randolph (1818-1867), American politician, Delegate to Virginia Secession Convention, 1861; Confederate Secretary of War, 1862 [5]

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 20) . Retrieved from
  5. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from on Facebook