Recent research has suggested that the last name Whitting has been around for nearly 1100 years. The earliest documentation of the name was found in 1341 in the county of Norfolk in England. This was a regular occupational term during the Anglo-Saxon period in Northern England, but now the surname is fairly widespread around Northern Europe. In the sixteenth century a large group of settlers known as Whitting's migrated to the British colonies in Australia.
Whitting is the 1003rd most common last name in the world. In the UK alone there are 120059 people with the surname Whitting. The county of Cornwall in England holds the greatest density of people with the surname Whitting. A late nineteenth century Whitting was noted as liking a drink after police allegedly threw him out of no less than 7 taverns in one night. In 1889 a person called Frank Whitting was sent to prison for reasons unknown. 32
The most famous Whitting's include:-