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Origin of Witte

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Origin of Witte, Meaning of Witte

Origin: It would seem that the meaning of the name is derived from the saxon word 'hwit' meaning white.So a Whitter was someone who whitewashed things,whether it be walls,clothes or leather.
It is thought the original family bearing the name 'WITTA' came from Flanders in the 10th century and settled in ENGLAND and Wales.The name spread throughout England into Wales,Scotland and Ireland and hence abroad.
Whilst being a very old 'English' name it is not a common name and is regarded as an unusual name.It would seem that Whitter and Witter had slightly different family origins but have converged to be the same name.Lets face it most people spell it without the 'H'.
So the name would have come originally from what is now Belgium,Holland,Germany and would seemed to have really developed with the advent of the Normans.
I would hazard a calculated guess that there were no more than 5 or 6 families with the name originally and the descendants have spread from this.The name is chiefly found in Cumberland,Lancashire,Devon,lowland Scotland and in the North of Ireland,as well as USA,Australia,Germay and Jamaica and Bermuda
Surnames: whitter -witter
Submitted by: James Whitter

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