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The German surname of WHITTENBURG is of two-fold origin. It was a locational name for someone who came from WITTENBERG, the German university town on the Elbe, famous as the place where Luther taught. Martin LUTHER (1483-1546) the leader of the Protestant Reformation in Germany. He was the translator (1522-34) of the Bible into German and author of many hymns. The LUTHERANS are the followers of the Lutheran church, especially in Germany and Scandinavia, which accept the doctrines of the Augsburg Confession (1530) and whose cardinal doctrine is that of justification by faith alone. It was also a nickname for someone with white-hair or a pale complexion. In some cases the name may have been a medieval given name 'the son of HWITA'. Surnames which were derived from ancient Germanic personal names have the same meaning in many languages. The court of Charlemagne (Charles the Great, king of the Franks (742-814) was Christian and Latin speaking), the vernacular was the Frankish dialect of Old High German, and the personal names in use were Germanic and vernacular. These names were adopted in many parts of northwest Europe, particularly among the noble ruling classes. Hereditary surnames were found in Germany in the second half of the 12th century - a little later than in England and France. It was about the 16th century that they became stabilized. Other spellings of the name include WESSADLER (white eagle), WITTKE, WITTJE, WITTGEN, WITTEN, WITTING, WEISSBAUM, WEISBOM, WAISSBAUM (white tree), WEISBONE (white bone), WEISENBREM (white eyebrow), WEISSBRUN (white brown) and WEISSBURG (white town), to name but a few. Surnames which were derived from ancient Germanic personal names have the same meaning in many languages. The court of Charlemagne (Charles the Great, king of the Franks (742-814) was Christian and Latin speaking). The vernacular was the Frankish dialect of Old High German, and the personal names in use were Germanic and vernacular. These names were adopted in many parts of northwest Europe, particularly among the noble ruling classes. Hereditary surnames were found in Germany in the second half of the 12th century - a little later than in England and France. It was about the 16th century that they became stabilized.

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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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