Last name: Witt

This most interesting surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a variant of "White", which itself has two possible origins. Firstly, it may be a nickname given to someone with white hair or a pale complexion, from the Olde English pre 7th Century word "hwit", white, which is found in the Olde English personal name "Hwita". Secondly, it may have been a topographical name for "a dweller by a bend or curve" in a river or road, from the Olde English word "wiht", a derivative of "wican", to bend. The personal name "Whita" is recorded in the Domesday Book of Suffolk in 1086, while the surname itself first appears in the early 11th Century (see below). One Ordgar se Wite is recorded circa 1070 in Herefordshire, in "Old English Bynames". Other early examples of the surname include Alestanus Hwit (Hampshire, 1066), and Alwin Wit (Hampshire, 1066), both recorded in the Domesday Book. Robert With or Withie, aged 20 yrs., was one of the early settlers in the New World, having embarked from London in September, 1635 for New England on the "Hopewell". Agnes Witt was christened on September 27th 1601 at St. Margaret's, Westminster, London. A Coat of Arms was granted to a Witt family in Lincolnshire, depicting a black griffin segreant on a silver field, and a Crest consisting of a dexter hand couped in fess apaumee. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Thurcil Hwita, which was dated 1038, in the "Old English Bynames", Herefordshire, during the reign of King Harold, "Harefoot", Danish ruler of England, 1035 - 1040. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Patricia Graham
Yes. And it goes back to an earlier date.

Kirstie Witt
I think I'll go with that one too. Makes us sound more exciting :)

Patricia Graham
Kirstie. I'm plumping for the Denmark Jutes. x

Kirstie Witt
Ok now I'm really confused. Could someone please tell me once and for all which country the name Witt originally came from?

Witt of wecta
AND German simply means spear-man in those days any hunter gatherer in Europe that used spears were considered Germanic people! Which Is a group of about 20 different people from 20 different country's. A German today is someone that lives in Germany. Back them Germany didn't even exist. Austrians were Germanic. Icelanders were Germanic. German bak then was just a generic term for people who hinted with spears. Thea a huge different between German citizens of today and the Germanic people. Or the tuethans

Patricia Graham
You are sooo right. We are all a mix of different cultures. And I think your information is well researched. Thanks.

Witt of wecta
People with the surname witt were even targeted and burned at the stake during the Salem witch trials. I suggest you do more reaserch.

Witt of wecta
Your wrong. Look u The name Witt. Research it in the anglo Saxon chronicles. You wil see the original name was witta. Not Witt. Pronounced vitta it's come from witta the son of wecta he was a jute from Denmark. the name isn't German even though there are a lot of witts in Germany. It's. "Anglo Saxon" which in itself were three different groups. The Saxons an angos and the Jutes. Witts were jutes. I suggest you read the Anglo Saxon chronicles it will explain the origin and the original spelling of the name. Even the name Witt means "wiseman" or "sage" if you know history you would know what a sage was or a wise man in mid evil times. The wittans where who the kings turned to for big decision. They were believed to be enlightened.

Jamie de Witt
OLDE ENGLISH WORD WIHT, DERIVED FROM THE WORD WICAN MEANING TO BEND OR CURVE. not witch. wiccan is witch. besides thats the olde english version of the witt name. whereas my family derived from GERMANY, and was looked upon as dukes. I also found out how my last name changed to de Witt. One of my ancestors was forbidden to marry his girlfriend. So he changed his last name to de Witt and fled to australia where he married her. interesting.. anyways think what you want to think but ive got family letters and a family history book to look at and know whats real and whats not.

Witt of Wecta.
Look up wittans. The name Witt was originally witta. How can you guys say there's nothing to say I'm correct when right above this in surnamedb.com it plainly states the "WITT IS DERIVED FROM WICCA" lol seems silly to doubt Me. Just type in. Wecta the jute. And Witt will Pop up. But it says plain as day Witt is derived from Wicca right above your heads. Wittans<==== were wiseman. That kings would turn to for answers. There are still wittan covenants.

Paula Witt
I am a Witt born and bred and that's the first time I have heard the name connected to Wicca !! Though it's very interesting I would also love to nowhere this information came from please

Jamie de Witt
The Witt surname was first found in the territory of Neumark east of the Electrolate of Brandenburg where the name was closely identified in early medieval times with the feudal society that played a prominent role throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches in northern Germany and become recognized for its participation in social, economic, and political affairs.

Sheila
My Witt line has been called WASP's and referred to themselves as being descended from the house of Israel. My family settled a few towns in Massachusets and New Hampshire. Surprising to think Christian folks descending from Jacob!

Another Witt
Witt specifically is from the Low German language of northern Germany and eastern Netherlands. There are numerous variations that have similar meanings. Please look up the surname's origins other than those found in Scandinavia or England.

Barbara Witt
I suddenly LOVE my name more than ever ! :)

Alec McWhitty
WITT IS SCANDINAVIAN..... ORIGINALLY WITTA.... FROM THE OLD OLD NAME WECTA.... WHO WAS A DIRECT DESCENDANT OF THE NORSE GOD WODEN.... IT IS ANGLO SAXON .. ANGLO SAXONS WERE A MIX OF 3 GROUPS 2 GERMANIC AND 1 SCANDINAVIAN... THE JUTES.... THE JUTES WERE SCANDINAVIAN VIKINGS.... THAT LIVED NEAR JUTLAND AND DENMARK IN SCANDINAVIA...... IN ALL HONESTY.... THE WITTS WERE WITCHES,,, THEY BROUGH PAGANISM INTO IRELAND.... THERES EVEN AN IRISH PAGAN RELIGION BASED ON THE NAME WITT.... CALLED "WITTA" THEY ORIGINATED IN SCANDINAVIA BUT PLAYED A HUGE HUGE PART IN IRELAND.... EVEN THERE CAPITAL DUBLIN WAS ORIGINALLY A VIKING SETTLEMENT

Jim McNutsac
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Jamie de Witt
i would like to know where you received this information. after extensive researching on what you claim i have found nothing to be true. PLease redo your research or give the website you found this on.

Calin Witt
I love my last name now