Origin of the Name Whitty
The ancient history of the name Whitty
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Variants of Whitty include Whitey, Wittey, Witty and Wittie. This is a locational name meaning 'at the white hay', from a residence thereby. This name is of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland, Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout the above islands. Examples of such are a Thomas ate Wytheg, County Oxfordshire, who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273 and a Walter Williams and Jane Witty who were granted a marriage license at the Faculty Office, in the year 1632. In Ireland the name occurs frequently in Counties Wexford and Waterford from the year 1305 on. They owned and built the Castles of Ballhealy, Baldwinstown and Ballyteige in County Wexford. Ballyteige was their principal seat. By the seventeenth century they were numerous in County Wexford where in modern times they are still found.
The Whitty coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Whitty descendants.