Whitton Family History
Whitton Name Meaning
Scottish: habitational name from Whitton in Morebattle (Roxburghshire). The placename is from Old English hwīt ‘white’ + tūn ‘farm village’ as with many of the places in 2 below. English: habitational name from any of the places called Whitton (Durham Lincolnshire Middlesex Northumberland Shropshire Suffolk) or Witton (Cheshire Durham Lancashire Herefordshire Norfolk Northumberland Warwickshire Worcestershire North Yorkshire); or possibly from Wyton (Huntingdonshire East Yorkshire); or possibly from Weeton Market Weighton or Little Weighton (East Yorkshire). The placenames do not all share the same etymology but most of their post-medieval spellings are interchangeable. Most of the placenames derive from the Old English personal name Hwīta or Old English hwīt ‘white’ + tūn ‘farmstead estate’ though some for example Witton in Warwickshire derive from Old English wīc ‘dwelling specialized farmstead’ + tūn and some others for example Witton in Norfolk derive from Old English widu ‘wood’ + tūn. Whitton in Lincolnshire derives from the Old English personal name Hwīta (genitive Hwītan) or Old English hwīt (dative hwītan) + ēg ‘island’. Witton in Lancashire derives from the Old English personal Witta + Old English tūn. English: in Devon this surname is a variant of Whiddon .
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022