Withers Arms and Crest
|Region of origin||England|
|Meaning||"Son of Withar (Víðarr)", for proper earlier form|
|Variant(s)||Wither, Wyther, Withars, Wider, Wythe|
The name appears on various early documents in England, such as a charter of Æthelred II in 1005 where a witness signs as "Ego Wiþer minister" (I Wither, the assistant). In the Domesday Book of 1086 it is the name of a tenant prior to that date. It seems to be a personal name, rather than a place name or occupational name, of unknown meaning: suggestions have included "wood", "withstand", "warrior" or "willow".
While the name occurs in connection with landholdings in various counties of England before the 1150s, the first continuous record of a family seems to be in Lancashire and Cheshire where Sir Robert Wither, knight, of Pendleton and of Halton, was seneschal to Roger de Lacy, who died in 1211. He is recorded as marrying Joan, daughter of Sir Adam Bostock, knight, of Davenham.
By the 15th century, families claiming descent from Sir Robert Wither were living in Cheshire, Lancashire, Wiltshire, Essex, London, Somerset and Hampshire. The Withers in Hampshire, deriving from a member who migrated from Lancashire in the 14th century, were particularly prominent. From 1484, they were lords of the manor of Manydown near Wootton St Lawrence, remaining linked to that estate for more than 400 years.
Coat of arms
A Withers family coat of arms was granted in the reign of Queen Mary I (1553–1558 C.E.) to Sir Richard Withers of East Sheen (ancestor of the poet George Wither) and registered in the College of Arms, London. The blazon has “Argent, a chevron gules between three crescents sable” (i.e., White/silver field, red chevron between 3 black crescents). The traditional family motto is "I grow and wither both together".
Notable people named Withers, Wither, or Wyther
- Googie Withers (1917–2011), British movie actress
- Grant Withers (1905–1959), American movie actor
- Isabel Withers (1896–1968), American actress
- Jane Withers (born 1926), American radio, television and movie actress
- Mark Withers (actor) (born 1947), American television actor
- Charles D. Withers (born 1916), American diplomat, U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda (1963–1966)
- John L. Withers, II, US Ambassador to Albania
Artists and architects
- Ernest Withers (1922–2007), African-American photographer
- Frederick Clarke Withers (1828–1901), British-American Gothic Revival architect
- George Withers, American illustrator
- Walter Withers (1854–1914), Australian landscape artist
- Bob Withers, Australian Rules footballer during the 1950s–1960s
- Charlie Withers (1922–2005), English footballer
- Colin Withers (born 1940), English footballer
- David D. Withers (1821–1892), American racehorse breeder
- Gadwin Withers, British athlete in the 1908 Summer Olympics.
- H. W. Withers, American college basketball and football coach
- Lincoln Withers (born 1981), Australian rugby league player
- Mark Withers (footballer) (born 1964), Australian Rules footballer
- Michael Withers (born 1976), Australian rugby league footballer
- Ted Withers (1915–1994), English footballer who played for Southampton and Bristol Rovers
- Jones M. Withers (1814–1890), Confederate major general; lawyer and politician
- Ramsey Muir Withers (born 1930), Canadian soldier, former Chief of the Defence Staff
- Bill Withers (born 1938), African-American singer-songwriter
- Elisabeth Withers, American jazz/R&B singer
- Pick Withers (born 1948), British drummer for the band Dire Straits
- Charles Bigg Wither (1822–1894), member of the New Zealand Legislative Council
- Sir John Withers (1863–1939), British politician
- Garrett L. Withers (1884–1953), American politician
- Reginald Withers (1924–2014), Australian politician
- Robert E. Withers (1821–1907), physician, US Senator and diplomat
- Thomas Jefferson Withers (1804–1865), Confederate politician during the American Civil War
- William Withers (1657–1720), English politician, Lord Mayor of London (1707–1708)
- William A. Withers (died 1887), mayor of Cumberland, Maryland, USA
- Alexander Scott Withers (1792–1865), American historian of early Appalachian Indian-white warfare
- Charles W. J. Withers (born 1954), Scottish historical geographer
- George Wither (1588–1667), English poet and satirist
- Hildegarde Withers, in novels by Stuart Palmer
- Kitchin, G.W. (1895), The Manor of Manydown, Hampshire, London: Simkin & Co., Ltd, Stationers' Hall Court; Winchester: Warren & Son, High Street.
- Crozier, William Armstrong, Editor (1908), Virginia Heraldira, Being a Registry of Virginia Gentry Entitled to Coat Amor, Reprinted Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co, 1965, pp 62-63..
- Newton, William (1846), A Display of Heraldry, London: William Pickering, pg 230.
- Withers Family of the County Lancaster, England, and of Stafford County, Virginia Establishing the Ancestry of Robert Edwin Withers, III; Presented by Mr. Robert Edwin Withers, Sr. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1947).
- Berry, William (1833), County Genealogies: Degrees of the Families of the County of Hants: Collected From the Heraldic Visitations and Other Authentic Manuscript Museum, and in the Possession of Private Individuals; London: Sherwood, Gilbert and Piper, 379 pgs. [NB: Hants = Hampshire]
- Bigg-Wither, Reginald Fitz Hugh, Materials for a History of the Wither Family, Winchester: Warren & Son, 1907.
- Gatewood, Virginia Pierce and Robert L., A Withers-Downey Genealogy: A Withers History With Allied Lines, Conway, AR: 1966.
- Recum, Franz V., Withers -- America or A Collection of Genealogical Data Concerning the History of the Descendants in the Male Line of James Withers (1680/1-1746) of Stafford County, Virginia, New York: 1949.
- "The Withers Family, of Stafford, Fauquier, &c.," The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 6, No. 3 (Jan. 1899):309-313; Vol. 6, No. 4 (Apr. 1899):425-427. Digital version at JSTOR.
- Withers, Webster, "An Unfinished History of the Withers Family in Kansas City, Missouri". Kansas City, Mo.: Webb Print, 1932.
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