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FROM WHERE COMES THE NAME WITTING?
by Karl WittingThe name Witting is supposed to be a so called patronymic, that is indicating descendants of a person with the name Witte, Hvit(e), Wit(t)a or the like.
Also, and probably more commonly, an original nickname for "the white one".
This explanation is found in P H Reaney´s Dictionary of British Surnames with examples from the early middle ages, in Dijkstra’s Friesch Woerdenboek and in A Bach’s Deutsche Namenskunde I "Die deutschen Personennamen".
Following the last book, the name WITTING is a typical example for a patronymic name.
A different kind of origin and of much younger date is offered by place names such as Wittingen (Lower Saxony, Germany) and Vittinge (Uppland, Sweden).
A somewhat more speculative explanation is to connect the name with the Teutonic Order and a class of Prussian people, at the end of the 13th century, that was called "Witinge".
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