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Type Surname
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. WIETman
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Other Forms FormsWhitman

Meaning & History

"Wight" in Anglo-saxon could refer to a "soul," a "being," or to "courage." It is similar to the different meanings of the words "spirit" and "spirited."
Most Wightmans in America are descended from George Wightman of Quidnesset, Rhode Island who immigrated from England in the 17th century. George Wightman was descended from Edward Wightman, remembered in history as the last person burned at the stake for heresy in merry England.
Added 9/6/2019 by Brian Wightman