Witting Family Research

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Surprisingly quite a lot of coat of arms connected to the rather rare family name WITTING can be found in the records.
Theese are my findings so far:


The most prominent one comes from the Riga Witting family. It was given together with nobility to Joachim Witting (+ 1581) in the year 1572 by emperor Maximilian II of the Holy Roman Empire. Witting was merchant and on the city council in Riga (Livonia). Six of his descendants made swedish nobility in the year 1683 and introduced in the swedish house of nobility. The swedish lineage is expected to have been died out since the year 1787, but there is a possibility that a line had survived in Germany. No certain information from the baltic line since ca 1720. Some Witting families could be descended from the Riga Wittings like the Nykarleby (Finland), the Lüchow (Germany) families or a Witting family from Transylvania. But at this point of research it is merely speculation. The Image is from Siebmacher's Wappenbücher and Max Müller's "Baltische Wappenkunde".


Crest of Georg Witting, Dorpat (Tarttu / Estonia) 1664, according to Max Müller's "Baltische Wappenkunde". Probable identical with Georg Witting † 1678 or 1679 of the Riga Witting family (see above), Judge Advocate General at the state court in Dorpat in 1660.


Crest of Gustav Wittingh (* 1646 + 1699), captain in Riga. He is not listed as a member of the Witting Family from Riga (see above) in Harald Hornborg's essay "Witting", but Hornborg's essay has many loose ends and is far from being complete, so it is within the realm of possibility that Gustav Wittingh also belongs to the Riga family. This image is taken from Max Müller's "Baltische Wappenkunde". Another image from the same crest is in Broce's "Sammlung Liefländischer Monumente..." Vol. 1, part 1 (of 2) in connection with included.


This one is said to be connected to the Lüchow family, but the precise relation is unclear. An correspodending image of a seal is found in the magazine "Familiengeschichtliche Blätter" (1912). Because of the christian motif (the pelican feeding the brood with his blood, a symbol for charity) I think that it was a personal crest of a pastor.


Connected to a noble family Witting from Pomerania. Main properties were Kunkeow and Düssin. Kunkelow belonged to Pribislaf Witting in 1523 and 1627 to Adam Witting. From Siebmacher's Wappenbücher.


Alternative crest of the noble Witting family from Pomerania, see above.

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