The Whitney Family of Connecticut, and Its Affiliations, Vol. 1: Being an Attempt to Trace the Descendants, as Well in the Female as the Male Lines, of Henry Whitney, From 1649 to 1878; To Which Is Prefixed Some Account of the Whitneys of England

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Excerpt from The Whitney Family of Connecticut, and Its Affiliations, Vol. 1: Being an Attempt to Trace the Descendants, as Well in the Female as the Male Lines, of Henry Whitney, From 1649 to 1878; To Which Is Prefixed Some Account of the Whitneys of England

But more ambitious etymologies of the name are not wanting. The Rev. Dr. Giles, in his history of Witney and the neighboring parishes, in Oxfordshire, says: But, if Witney received any fresh peculiarity of char acter from the Saxons, it certainly takes its name from the occupation of that busy and plodding race of men. The Witan-eye, or, as it is also written in the anglo-saxon or old English dialect, Witan-ige, evidently signifies the island of tile wise men, or of t/ze parliamenta Thus the word Witney means, etymologically, Parliament Isle, though no record has been handed down to us to tell for what reason such a name was given. There is a large house still named Parliament House, at the corner Of the Crofts Lane, which, to the minds of some, conveys a tradition concerning the etymology of the name Witney.

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Publisher - Forgotten Books

Language - English

Author(s) - Stephen Whitney Phoenix

Paperback

Published Date - August 26 2019

ISBN - 9781528357470

Dimesions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 5.3 cm

Page Count - 988

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