Ancestors Witchcraft

Witch Bloodline Names from Salem, England, Norway and More

If you’ve ever wondered if you descend from a line of witches, you could be right! Do you have a family tree you can access? If so, finding your witch ancestors will be easy. If not, what you’ll do is write down your family’s last names – your last name (which is typically your father’s), your mother’s maiden name, her mother’s maiden name, your father’s mother’s maiden name, etc. Gather as many of these last names as you can, then compare against the witch bloodline names listed here! It also helps if you have a general idea of where your family originates. For example – Earlys are from Ireland, Fosters are from England, etc. 

Before We Start: Please Note!

Before diving into your family’s history and comparing to the witch bloodline names below, you have to discern whether you believe these ancestors were witches or not. Many of the accused “witches” plead guilty to lessen their sentence, be freed, or they were tortured into “confessing”. It is possible that some of these people were witches at the most basic level because some were considered wise men or women who used herbs to heal and divination to help find lost objects, etc. Do your research on witch bloodline names that match your own and determine from there whether or not you descend from a real “witch”.

“These Lists are Pure Bullsh*t”: My Response to Recent Comments

As I said in the previous section and as a precursor to this post, it is up to the person doing the research to decide whether these individuals took part in “magic” or what we would call “witchcraft” today. I agree that many of the individuals accused and executed as “witches” were likely not, and were likely targeted in some way for the benefit that it brought their accusers.

HOWEVER, there were indeed midwives, healers, cunningfolk, witch doctors, wise women and men who indeed practiced the “old ways”. And quite a few of these folks were also accused and stood trial. Many were even executed. I’ll give you a few examples of cunningfolk and healers put to trial: Isobel Gowdie (in her confessions, she readily admits to healing remedies and maledictions), Madame Perette (an ancestor of mine who lived in Paris in the 1500s and was a well-known midwife who was accused of witchcraft by a disgruntled patient), Bessie Wright, Thomas Grieve, Jonet Stewart, and I could go on and on. Please see this academic article to learn more about midwives and folk healers accused.

Where I find there is a disconnect between people who call this bullsh*t and those who believe in it is simply a belief in what a “witch” truly is. The root of the word witch is wit or simply put – wise. So a witch is therefore a wise person. Wise people through the ages were those who were in touch with the divine, who practiced folk medicine, who were priests and priestesses of the ancient ways. See this article for a breakdown of “labels” in conjunction with the term witch.

To me, an individual who practiced midwifery, healing, water witching, divination, etc. is a witch. Whatever you’d like to call them is up to you. But these people existed and were indeed accused of witchcraft. They still exist. And luckily, today, most of us can call ourselves witches without being put to trial, tortured, and executed.

Salem Witch Bloodline Names

Whether your family lives in New England or has migrated elsewhere in the U.S., check your familial names against the Salem Witch Trials last names:

Salem Witch Bloodline Names A-Z

Keep in mind, some of these names are of the convicted, while some were accused and either escaped or died in jail before conviction. ALSO, I did not include the maiden names of the married women. If you’re serious, you might want to check out the married Salem witches’ maiden names too! If you have one of the Salem witches’ names in your family, you could be a descendant from the Salem witch bloodline.

Next you’ll want to build your family tree online at ancestry or elsewhere and search for an ancestor to confirm.

American Witch Bloodline Names (Outside of Salem)

In the last article Ancestral Witchcraft article, we listed off the names of the Salem witches. All who were accused and found guilty, those who were executed and those who escaped or died in prison. In this database, we’ll scratch the surface of other American witch surnames from elsewhere in the United States. So if your ancestors didn’t live in Salem, but live somewhere else in the U.S., you might find it here! The names below are taken from Connecticut, Maryland, and New York witch trial documentation. Also from Appalachian and Ozark folklore books. If you have ancestors from New England, Maryland, Louisiana, the Carolinas, the Appalachians or Ozarks with any of these last names – look at your family tree to determine if your ancestor might have been a witch!

American Witch Bloodlines

English Witch Bloodlines

I’ll reiterate, the names here are a mixture of Witch Trial documentation from England as well as what we know of English cunning men and women. I’ve also included last names of well-known twentieth century English witches. It is up to you to determine if your ancestor was a “witch” or not. Our definition of a witch today doesn’t always match what the definition of a witch was back then. Someone who uses herbs to heal, pendulums to divine messages, and practices folk magic might have been a healer, pellar, conjurer, or cunningfolk back then, but today we might label them as a “witch”.

Witch Bloodline Names Database: English Witches

More “Witches” Names from England

I would like to continue to add to this database as I acquire and have the time to add more witch bloodline names. Here’s the beginning of further English “accused” witches, names, dates, and their locations to aid you in your research:

Name Location and Date
Alesoun Pierson Northeast Fife (1588)
Alisone Nisbet Berwickshire (1632)
Francis Adamson Durham (1652)
Joan Allen London (1650)
Anne Baker Leicestershire (1619)
Mary Barber Northhampton (1612)
Mabel Brigge York (1538)

Irish Witch Bloodline Names

The Witch Trials in Ireland were fewer than those elsewhere in Europe, but they still happened. There were also healers, herbalists, and wise men and women who were labeled as witches in the name of superstition. Some survived the accusations, while others avoided them entirely. It is up to you to decide if your ancestors were witches by your definition or not. Names were gathered from public documentation of Witch Trials and folklore books.

A few well known healers in Ireland include Biddy Early and Moll Anthony. You may well descend from a wise woman or a bean-feasa (seer, wise-woman).

Ancestral Witchcraft: Irish Witch Bloodline Names

Scottish Witch Bloodline Names

Recently a book from the seventeenth century containing three hundred + names of Scottish witches was published online through the Wellcome Library / While I would LOVE to provide you all with those names, the writing is in cursive and hard to decipher. Until I can translate or find a legible source, here I will provide the other known Scottish witch bloodline names:

Do you descend from witches? Scottish Witch names here.

German & Swiss Witch Bloodlines

Perhaps you had a German or Swiss ancestor who was accused and/or executed for witchcraft. Check out the names of the German and Swiss witch bloodlines below. Be aware that there were thousands of German witches executed during the Medieval and Early Modern Era whose names were never recorded. They were often documented as “a young girl of nine”, “the prettiest woman in town”, “the rich woman”, “the reverend of…” So even if you don’t see your ancestral names in the witch bloodline names, still doesn’t mean you aren’t descended from witches. I’ve combined the two (German and Swiss) because of proximity.

Witch Ancestors: Witch Bloodline Names from Germany and Switzerland

Poland Witch Bloodline Names

There were indeed Witch Trials in Poland, the same as Germany and Eastern Europe. In fact, the last person accused and executed for witchcraft in Poland was as recent as the early eighteen hundreds. Her name was Barbara Zdunk. In addition, Maciej and Katarzyna Beret were accused and tried for witchcraft and supposedly “enchanting” their neighbors’ cows. Anna Szwedyczka‘s case was a high profile case in Poland. She was executed by burning in 1678.

Northern European Witch Bloodline Names

In this list, I am including witches from the Scandinavian and Northern European countries. The entire continent endured such tragedy, and the Northern European countries were no strangers to the Witch Hunts that ravaged the people. 

Mediterranean Witch Bloodline Names

Italy and surrounding Mediterranean countries also had their fair share of Witch Trials and executions. The nature of the trials was a bit different than those found in Britain, Germany, and Northern Europe, but still tragic nonetheless. If you have Italian or Mediterranean surnames in your family, check this list:

Accused Witches’ Names in Mexico

Mexico has its own form of folk magic, as well as folk healers and those who have even been accused and executed as “witches”. I’d like to share with you some of their names and dates here, for those who have Mexican heritage:

  • Josephine Arista: Ojinaga 1955
  • Benita Sabina: Alfajayucan 1956
  • Christina Trajo: Alfajayucan 1956

Now What? How to Honor Your Witch Ancestors

So you found one of your familial names on the witch bloodline names list…now what? I suggest researching everything you can about that particular witch ancestor. Google it. Often Wikipedia pages with information on the Witch Trials have taken their information from books and other resources. Check the bottom of the Wikipedia pages for the Bibliography section. Read those books. Read and read some more.

Record your findings in your journal, BOS, or in your family tree! Another way to honor your witch ancestors, study the ancient culture of his/her people and also the culture at the time of his/her life. Cook the food your ancestors might have cooked. Set up an altar for your witch ancestor and honor him/her with candlelight, prayer, incense, and other appropriate offerings. Listen to their music. 

Ancestral Witchcraft: Does it Matter?

If you find a witch ancestor in documents or not, it doesn’t really matter. It is a fun and cool thing to find one, yes, but you can still practice ancestral witchcraft. Study your ancestors’ ways, wherever they are from. Incorporate those ways into your daily life and spiritual path. The thing is – if you go back far enough in time, everyone had pagan ancestors, some of whom were priests and priestesses. Some were shamans and druids. Some were witch doctors and midwives. Everyone has at least ONE of these magical people in their heritage, whether we can find proof of it or not. 

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  1. rob

    April 5, 2024 at 1:45 pm

    these lists are pure bullshit.

    few of the accused could be thought of as “witches,” not even the ones executed. in most cases, these were either young women who were strong-willed and were persecuted, humiliated, tortured, and publicly executed in order to intimidate women into servile obedience.
    in the case of the european witch trials, many of the women persecuted for “witchcraft” were herbalists and mid-wives, and were seen as threats to the male-dominated “profession” of doctoring. some of these “witches” were only guilty of being literate, in a time when only the clergy, a few members of the nobility, and lawyers were allowed to read and write.
    AND…the Roman/Catholic Church often persecuted single, elderly women (widows, often) land-owners, in order to seize their property.
    whoever did this list sucks as a human being, for “legitimizing” these horrible crimes into the present era.
    i refer you to this first episode of an excellent series of documentaries as an antidote to the above-mentions crimes against humanity:

    1. kitty fields

      April 9, 2024 at 4:26 pm

      Thanks, ROB. I’m most definitely not legitimizing these crimes in the modern era. I’m providing a research jumping point for those who are trying to locate wise people and healers in their family trees. If you actually read the entire article, you’ll notice at the top that I explain what a “witch” means today and the difference in terminology. I added a full section with scholarly resources just for you, ROB. Gosh, I’m so glad there’s people like you on the internet, educating all of us “sucky” uneducated folk. 😉

  2. Judi Dolliver-Astley

    December 20, 2023 at 2:24 pm

    I would like to know why my approved and posted.

    1. kitty fields

      December 20, 2023 at 7:01 pm

      It sometimes takes me a few days to log in and go through the dozens of comments. I have over 500 blogs that people comment on, so I apologize if you had to wait a bit.

      1. Judi Astley

        December 20, 2023 at 8:26 pm

        This wasn’t the comment I was referencing. I had mentioned that Ann Higginson -Dolliver was not a name listed on the Salem names listing. She was accused, arrested & released because she admitted to using poppets for depression. The irony is her father Rev. John Higginson was one of the magistrates that questioned some of the accused. I didn’t expect a reply right away. Just that this piece of information was missing.

    2. Judi Astley

      December 20, 2023 at 8:20 pm

      “My comment was not approved & posted “

  3. RPW

    August 21, 2023 at 6:12 am

    I guess we’re going to ignore the welsh then, you know the first Natives of Great Britain.

    1. Tosha W.

      August 31, 2023 at 8:08 pm

      Is it possible for there to be variants in the names? My last name is very similar to a name on the Salem list and I have relatives from the Massachusetts area.

      1. kitty fields

        September 4, 2023 at 3:02 pm

        Absolutely! Names change over the years, when people migrate, etc.

    2. Judi Dolliver-Astley

      December 20, 2023 at 1:55 pm

      That isn’t all that’s being ignored…Ann Higginson Dolliver was accused, arrested, then released because she admitted to using poppets for depression. This was the Salem Witch Trials. The irony is her father was Rev. John Higginson, who with several other magistrates questioned some of the accused.

  4. Melissa h

    May 29, 2023 at 4:04 pm

    I’ve been looking at ancestors names last name Hurt..I’ve got the marks on palms born with Sigel red dot on the forehead. I’m also a rh negative with adds to my abilities and such..could anyone say for sure about the last name Hurt is it tied to anything that comes up

  5. Helela

    April 23, 2023 at 7:01 pm

    This is interesting. Where did you get the last name of Grey from?

  6. Alexander Bagwell

    April 19, 2023 at 12:22 pm

    There’s Bagwell and Morgan from Ireland

  7. Timothy

    April 9, 2023 at 5:07 am

    Missed a biggie in Ireland. Duggan! Origins of Samhain, Mogh Ruith and Tlachtga. Druid who killed John the Baptist supposedly, flew UFOs, defeated Tuatha De initially, also Nephilim descendants. O’Dubhaigan (Old Irish meant grandsons of the black shining one)! They didn’t come up with the term black irish for merely having darker hair. Middle Eastern origins. Used crescent moon and star long before it was associated with Islam. Bad ass family crest! Of which the star and moon is shown.

    1. Kat

      April 8, 2024 at 2:54 pm

      Timothy, where did you get your information on the death of John the Baptist? I am certain that you have been asked about this before. It was a Woman that wanted John the Baptist killed to begin with. I know you must have heard the story of Solame and the request of John the Baptists head on a platter. I don’t recall any Druid being present, nor UFO’s. The Old Testament’s full of UFO like imagery Ezekiel seeing the “Wheel” and Jacob seeing the ladder that extended into the sky, The New Testament doesn’t speak of anything like flying machines. Jesus ascends but I don’t think you can count that as a UFO,as far as the star and crescent that cannot be claimed by any particular group of origin, at present, I am watching the Total Eclipse, which is very much the moon, the crescent, and planets, in the darkness you can see the stars, so can you claim that for any group, clan, cult or ideology. It is nature. I would be much interested in where you got the idea about John the Baptist however.

  8. Lois Luckovich

    January 1, 2023 at 2:30 am

    I’m 1/16th Irish and I don’t see the Family McFadden in the list. Can you help? I’m hitting dead ends on Ancestry and other sites

  9. Sonja Lyons

    August 6, 2022 at 5:30 pm

    My great grandmother use to read cards, tea leaves, palms and make up potions to heal. Her last name was Ferguson from Scotland and I understood that she came from a line of witches, but I am not certain as the family do not want to talk about it do you know.

  10. Su Garrison-Terry

    July 13, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    Please kook into the Polish/Ukrainian Lango line.
    I was told my grandfather came from a long line of healers.

  11. Anonymous

    March 26, 2022 at 9:51 am

    There are maiden names of some of these women. My aunts maiden name was Towne. Rebecca Nurse was Rebecca Towne, and so was her sister Mary Easty. She was also a Towne.

    1. Judi Dolliver-Astley

      December 19, 2023 at 2:09 pm

      Ann Higginson-Dolliver was arrested for being a witch in 1692. However she was released when she admitted to using poppets for depression. Her name was not on the SWT list. She was Reverend John Higginson’s daughter. So yes, what you are saying is very true.

  12. Kristi L Namyslowski

    February 5, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    According to all of the research I have done, my lineage leads back to Elizabeth Dane Johnson. She was an accused, confessed to having been a witch. She was later found not guilty and set free. Her daughter was also charged, jailed and but she was found guilty. Elizabeth Danes son Stephen Johnson is the one that married into my bloodline, making him and his mother a part of mine. Then to his daughter Sarah and so on. I have been all over the internet trying to make certain this is the correct bloodline. I have not been able to prove this without a shadow of a doubt. However, if this is true, this is very exciting for me as I have always wanted to learn of my lineage.

  13. kristen

    February 3, 2022 at 11:54 am

    Hello. My last name Alleman. Can anyone tell me if I am from a witch bloodline?

  14. Carli Long

    October 28, 2021 at 1:17 am

    Hi! If anyone could find out if I’m related to any witches, I would be so great full. My last name is Long

    1. T N

      January 10, 2022 at 1:23 am

      Do your ancestry DNA< I knew some Longs in GA and I think there are some in SC

    2. Carmilla

      March 25, 2022 at 11:24 pm

      Nah, your last name is short

      1. Wendy Hickey

        March 28, 2024 at 2:16 am

        I really wish I knew how to research further to find out if I come from a witches bloodline but I only know my father’s last name And my two great grandparents maiden names.Thats all. If anyone could give me any advice on where you begin my research . My last name is Hickey and both my parents come from Ireland.

  15. Kathryn

    September 15, 2021 at 1:08 am

    Hello i am also looking for my bloodline im a decendent of the Bell witch you know the real one Patience Eldora Summers and Bertha Bellzora Summers. Eldora is my great grandmother we have been looking for our family for years. If you have any information about the bell witch will you please email me

    1. TN

      January 10, 2022 at 1:22 am

      hi do you live in TN, I live in TN and there is so so much information available

      1. Melissa h

        May 29, 2023 at 3:44 pm

        I’ve been looking at ancestors names last name Hurt..I’ve got the marks on palms born with Sigel red dot on the forehead. I’m also a rh negative with adds to my abilities and such..could anyone say for sure about the last name Hurt is it tied to anything that comes up

    2. Lennée Reid

      May 17, 2022 at 5:14 pm

      What’s in cursive and hard to read? Do you have a link or picture for your cursive literate readers? I can decipher it. Both my grandma’s wrote intricate cursive as do I to a lesser extent.

  16. Melody

    May 18, 2021 at 12:16 pm

    Merry Meet and Blessed Be! I am the 11th great granddaughter of John Proctor.

    1. Rebecca

      July 2, 2021 at 2:28 am

      Priceless but also sad.

    2. Rosemary Porter

      September 9, 2021 at 8:01 pm

      Merry meet!!!! I am the descendent of Elizabeth Boothe….what I have gathered from her story is that she was put up to do the trials by her family. I am a medium, and I feel that she never wanted any part of those trials, and had great sympathy for those who perished. Thank you for sharing!!!

    3. Jil Anne Proctor Tudor

      March 23, 2024 at 5:42 pm

      Merry Met & Blessed Be! I am also a Proctor decendant. Greetings, sister!

  17. Mel

    February 5, 2021 at 3:16 pm

    Unfortunately, I have been dabbling in my lineage because I have always felt ties to the city of Salem and it’s history. I say unfortunately because as cool as it is to find out why I am connected, it is sorrowful as well. I have traced myself back all the way to not only Samuel Wardwell but also to William Griggs. Making my heritage the accuser and the accused. Along with many other names listed in the events that took place.

  18. Brittney Porter

    February 5, 2021 at 2:19 pm

    Leckrone, from grandma on dads side witch married a Darrow, Bangham from my great grandma from my moms side that married a Fultz? Any help I can get on thoes names would be amazing

  19. Jillian

    February 4, 2021 at 12:13 am

    My mother’s maiden name was Parker, her father was from the Rhondda , her Mother was a Gilbert /Hancock from Devon and came from a long line of what my grandmother called mystics . I would love to find out if I am related to the Parker mentioned in the Salem list .

    1. Sharon Catalina

      April 14, 2021 at 6:52 pm

      I found an old tombstone in Texas with Handcock, written on it. Jonnie Handcock, it was in a Gulley like it was discarded

  20. Kim Harrison

    January 27, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    My maiden name is Barrett I’m really interested in my history . Please can you help , I’m interested in unlocking my inner self . This is not the sort of platform I would have ever communicate on but when needs must !!

    1. Kat

      April 8, 2024 at 3:31 pm

      For all of you that are looking into your Ancestry I have been also, not for the same reason, but I can perhaps save some time and money.. First of all you must do a DNA test, they are not that expensive, you will have to be patient, Some of your names will have changed and you will find when you look in the Census you will see many different spellings of your name. My Husband’s family name is Hund, but I have seen his name as Herd, Hunt, Harb, many different variations of Hund, also with my Grandmothers Maidens name was Mathes, and I saw her family name written all the way back into the 1800’s and the names are Mathew’s, Mathis, even Mathewson, I don’t know if it is the person writing down the names, or maybe they are using an alias, or maybe they spelled it wrong, not everyone could read and write way back then. I did have an ancestor that came from Ireland, his last name was Harp. Now, I go and look for that name in a book and I see no last name Harp, this can’t be, the Harp was on the Money, it is more Irish than most things, almost as much as a Shamrock, I asked someone who knew much more than I and was informed of the Irish who changed names to Harper, or some other variation, even Parker, So there are a lot of ways to be mis led looking for an ancestor. I trust the DNA more than I would word of mouth. I have found that people in my family have LIED, I know, can you believe it? Yes, they have about things that are important, like who my father is/was. So you do need more than what Aunt Myrtle said if indeed that is Aunt Myrtle. But as far as proof of being a “REAL” witch? From a bloodline, who would say? My family is really dug in to the Appalachian Mountains, they have been there for eons, they had root doctors, (hedge witches)? They used yerbs pronounced Ya RBs. And plants for healing. Nature was the doctor, and prayers, which you could say were “spells” to a deity to bring on the healing. Yes, some were accused of being Witches, and evil, and doing BAD, but let someone fall ill and they would go running for the edge of town, to the woman that is “outcast” but not, she lives on her own, with her cats, and what would you believe those cats are for? Nice control, or familiars. They are whatever you wish to believe they are. Just like you can believe what ever you wish to believe, do you NEED to know that you come from a LONG line of witches to be more of a practitioner? Or can you take your power and go from there? It’s up to you. Oh, and another thing, when you go poking around in a Family Tree, you might find something that falls out you would have preferred stayed in the branches. I will warn you because I was warned myself and boy howdy. Ancestry is the place to find most anything you need to and I would verify with a DNA test. Good luck to all of you, and you will be surprised that is a promise.

  21. Heather

    November 2, 2020 at 6:49 pm

    My grandmother was a Marklen? She was a Dutch immigrant and my older ancestors where Cherokee I know they go back to the trail of tears and further my maiden name is Wilson I have very strong natural born gifts but struggling to find my way through this awakening

    1. Angela romero

      November 27, 2020 at 2:59 am

      Wow i never new there were sow much ancestors one the list from northern Europa. Campbell.. porter….boyman….
      From selem…Parker black and inglish, =from the 1600 until 1800 i tink…i did a dna test.from my herintage.
      Ivm from the Nederlands and i know the name s are frome my moms site of the famly…..i learnd to heale white plants and ather thinks from my grandmother quite often..sow now i know its in my to know.

      1. Melissa

        December 14, 2020 at 12:27 am

        I have Parker and porter in my lineage ❣️

      2. Nikole

        January 11, 2021 at 7:27 pm

        My birth fathers birth family hails from West Virginia I’m told I have a ancestor on the hanging side 😢 but am curious to see if I share bloodline with Mary Parker and Alice Parker. And on my mother side I have weird in my ancestors and Thomas weir strangled and Bernadette in Scotland not sure if we share about Dean I’m gonna keep digging my mothers maiden name is also Wilson

  22. Susan

    September 12, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    Thanks for writing the family name lists! That is how I found out and was able to go to my tree and confirm 💓 . Abigail Barker great grand-daughter here- now I know and that’s empowering.

    1. admin

      September 14, 2020 at 10:55 am

      that is amazing!

  23. Abigail Barker’s 7th generation great granddaughter

    September 12, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    Hi, thank you for listing the family names of those whose lives were altered forever one way or another because of gross intolerance. I would not have known my ancestor was accused and imprisoned at Salem if I hadn’t seen the name list you created and I’m grateful! Thanks! My story overlaps my ancestors accused in more ways than make sense so maybe the gifts are still passed generationally. My kids were watching Harry Potter when I found out and researched our family tree- can’t make this stuff up!

  24. Gena Sayers

    July 15, 2020 at 10:38 am

    Be sure to peak into Clan Colqhoun. My mother connected our bloodline to the Black Cock of Scotland, reportedly one of the few open practioners of witchcraft and necromancy that evaded execution. We have strong magic in our family, even if it has been abused or neglected by a generation or two.

  25. Sarah Pocphoke

    June 23, 2020 at 5:33 am

    I have Walden, Andrews, Barker, Black, my aunts ex husband has Bradbury, one of my grandmas ex husband has Burroughs , my exs dad was married to a woman with the maiden name of Foster, my grandmas ex husband has Howe, and a Hutchins is married to a cousin, I have Hutchinson, and Jacobs, I have Martin, and a Parker married a cousin, and my fiancee has Jacobs, Rebecca Nurse is in my tree her son Benjamin had a daughter named Elizabeth she married Theophilus Phillips II she was his second wife I am not related to her but I am related to him, and I once dated a guy with the last name of Redd, I have Willard

    1. M V

      January 23, 2021 at 12:53 pm

      My great aunt did a family tree lineage all the way back to Rebecca Nurse. I have a lot of family still in Massachusetts. Nurse >>>> > Marlin > Vargas .

  26. Laura Martin

    June 20, 2020 at 8:50 am

    I am a practising witch and I want to know if I’m related to Susannah Martin.

    1. Linda Snapp

      July 14, 2020 at 5:34 pm

      Susannah “Goody” North married George Martin, they are my so many times great grandparents. I don’t believe she was a witch. I think her step mother wanted to get rid of her. Do you know where your Martin family came from? my Martin’s settled in Kentucky!

      1. Christa

        August 6, 2020 at 3:47 pm

        & yet no Bennett or Brown. This list seems to me that the real witches may not be named…..

        1. Carissa

          October 24, 2020 at 5:37 pm

          I come from Brown

    2. PaulHosse

      August 13, 2022 at 11:52 am

      She is one of my ancestors from Salem, along with Phobe Dane, Abigail Faulkner, Deliverance Dane, Mary Clement Osgood, Samuel Wardell, Elizabeth Sacherell Kendall, Lydia Ballet, and Mary Greene. I believe they were all associated with trials and that area, Thus far, I’ve found 46 such ancestors from England and Scandinavia.

  27. Sandra

    May 17, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    Sarah Bridges (later Preston, then Price) is not listed. She was accused at Salem along with her sister, Mary Bridges. Sarah confessed, was found not guilty, and later exonerated anyway. She was either 13 or 17 when accused (sources disagree) and unmarried.

    1. JH

      April 1, 2020 at 12:35 am

      My family was from Scotland mainly but I do have German and English as well. Buchanan was my Surname but I also have Deiter, Davis and Wiseman. Does anyone recognize these as been associated with witches.? I have always had a a strong curiosity and pull toward witches.

      1. admin

        April 1, 2020 at 11:53 am

        Hi JH. I offer a service where I look at your magical ancestors origins including if there are any witches or magical folks in your line. It’s located in the Shop if you’re interested.

    2. Unknow

      May 11, 2020 at 6:44 pm

      Don’t worry at least you don’t have the Bell Witch as a ancestor

      1. kathryn d harvey

        September 15, 2021 at 1:12 am

        That`s my ancestors

      2. Angela Jackson

        September 15, 2021 at 11:12 am

        I am a desendent of the bell witch.

  28. Kama

    March 14, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    My dad’s side of the family comes from Hawaii, and I know that both my dad, & my grandfather have told me that my grandmother, and my great-grandma, (my grandma’s mom) where both witches. I don’t know if this is true or not, because my grandmother on my dad’s side was brutally murdered on Halloween night, & this was before I was born!!!

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    1. Ryan Whigham

      December 29, 2019 at 4:51 am

      Can anyone tell me where the name Whigham originated from and is it associated with any witches

    2. Anonymous

      February 11, 2020 at 4:49 am

      Uh so I’m not sure if my family is a long line of witches or not but I have visions or premonitions of the future, it sounds crazy, but it’s true and the name isn’t listed on here I’m just curious as to what it is cause it happens literally all the time I can’t go a day or night with out having some sort of vision or premonition but sometimes it’s just about small things like a conversation or something someone does and I’m not sure they’re bad things, what is it I need answers like honestly, this is my email:

    3. Unknown

      May 11, 2020 at 6:48 pm

      Could my name be changed overtime because it is Horton now but it could changed “Thornton”

      1. Rin A L

        May 29, 2020 at 4:49 am

        Yes, many family names are changed when immigrating to the US. Sometimes completely, usually just dropped or added a letter or two to make them more easily pronouncible. My mother’s side went from Starling to Starlin. You’ll have to do research to find out for sure.

      2. Annie

        October 23, 2020 at 8:11 am

        I am a Thornton and now all the pieces of the puzzle are coming together like in a BIG way hahahahaha. Whereabouts are thinking your Thornton connection might be?? A

  30. Bad_Guppy

    September 28, 2019 at 2:22 am

    I don’t cast spells, but do pray fairly often. I associate with United Methodists. I am clairvoyant, clairaudient, sentient, and a psychic medium. I can talk to the recently deceased, and have visions. My father was the same. I have a niece who also seems to have the genes. My father’s mother was the carrier. Associated names are Blackburn, Vannoy, and Bishop, and Langford. I see Bishop listed. I think I inherited something from my mom, who was a McNeil and Hoffman. Not sure what else. It shows up after someone with whom we had a strong psychic link with (with me it was my mother) passes away, and they show us a glimpse beyond the veil. Thank you.

  31. Lisa

    August 18, 2019 at 3:24 am

    I come from a long line of witches. But I don’t see our family name Blair.

    1. Lindsay

      April 20, 2021 at 2:02 am

      lol the Blair witch movie

      1. M Lindsay

        April 20, 2021 at 3:13 am

        the above is by me ……M Lindsay

  32. Katrina

    August 6, 2019 at 4:17 am

    My family is from Scotland, Ireland and Germany. We have always been witches. Surnames are Wiley, Sellards, Caldwell, Cyfers (Syphers/Cyphers) and Williamson. You have to remember when researching that many families changed the spellings of their names when they immigrated to the US. In doing my genealogy all of them above with the exception of Caldwell were changed more than once.

    1. Kelli

      February 27, 2020 at 3:57 am

      I’m Wiley family from Scotland, Ireland, Germany and I am a witch 💕

  33. Mel

    June 11, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    I’m German. My name isn’t Bernauer, but my family has always lived in a village rather close to Bernau. That’s curious.

  34. Anonymous

    March 23, 2019 at 2:17 am

    I wish I could know if I was related to any of them but I don’t know much

    1. Rhonda

      March 19, 2020 at 8:27 pm

      Hello Lisa, if you’re the “Blair” i think you are, notice the name “Weir”!
      Same line ?

  35. Katie

    March 19, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    I’ve been told that The Ravenscrafts where witches as well but I don’t see the name listed here… Do you know anything about the Ravenscrafts?

  36. Felicia M McDonald

    March 19, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    A few of my relatives were killed at Salem Susannah Martin was my Great Grandmom. I also have Porter in my lines and a few other’s. I am as well gifted.

      1. Derek

        July 14, 2021 at 1:16 am

        Merry meet everyone,
        My family witch lines are
        From Salem: bishop and Scott
        From Scottish: Guthrie and Reid
        From German: Bien
        Haven’t done any research as to who they are yet but I shall find out soon.. bless it be brothers and sister.. may source grant you it’s favor.

    1. Whitney

      July 31, 2019 at 10:51 pm

      I am a porter and my dad’s side comes right from Scotland. I believe his parents came to America at some point. I’m trying to dig into it but my dad has always been a mystery to me and lots of things were kept in secrecy.

  37. MM

    March 17, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    I’ve had natural witch instincts all my life. But avoided embracing the ME me because I was trying to be a good Catholic. That’s fallen away now and my witchy self is stronger than ever.
    Doing ancestral research last year, I discovered that I am descended from a real witch. A true witch who lived after being accused of witchcraft.
    Katharine “Goodie” Harrison.
    She followed astrology closely and also did folk magic. Clearly was a confident witch. Luckily she had money and powers seen and unseen.
    She managed to go free and start over in NY state after CT ran her out.
    Learning that I am descended directly from a witch who lived is inspiring. Sadly I think most of those who were murdered after being accused of being witches, weren’t witches.
    I know they found peace on the other side though.

  38. Maggie

    March 11, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    Under the Salem witches it lists Parker for Mary (Ayers) Parker which was my ancestor. I have some gifts through my Ayers family lineage.

    1. admin

      March 12, 2019 at 11:30 am

      Hi Maggie! Nice to meet you here. I am sorry for the loss of your ancestor but glad it pushes you to research and get to know her well.

      1. Δαναη Μαντισσα

        March 21, 2019 at 7:02 pm

        Nothing about Greek Magic unfortunately.

    2. Mariah

      June 28, 2019 at 2:00 am

      I am an Ayres, my last name has been changed repeatedly between Ayres and Ayers over the years. And obviously my curiosity with the craft has been on my mind and ive wondered about my family which lead me to this site. On a whim I looked at the comments.

    3. Albion Roberts

      November 4, 2019 at 5:28 am

      Mary Ayers Parker is my ancestor, also! Hello, family.

      1. Anonymous

        December 17, 2019 at 1:47 am

        I have Ayers, Parker, and Langdon lineage

    4. Anonymous

      December 7, 2019 at 1:03 am

      I’m a parker to I was givin up for adoption at age 7 I always knew I was different from everyone else I’m sences are strong and I know hopefully one day I’ll find out who I am till then I’ll continue to dig and search for answers to questions I dont even know.

  39. M. Samson

    February 23, 2019 at 11:59 am

    It seems like I’m related to the Sampson family … I’ve always heard that strange call from Scotland in my heart, dunno why, because I’m French. But. Now that I’m growing up, I’m getting ready to move to Scotland. And for that I also do some research on my family, especially my father’s family because I don’t really know them and my genealogy at this side. It’s a little complicated, I’m not very good at it, my mother doesn’t know much about my paternal family, I don’t know them and my father died when I was little. But for the moment, I did not even try to find out if my name was related to a line of witches or not. I was just looking for the Samson of Normandy, and to see this name of Sampson in this atypical list challenged me. After some research, it looks like I’m a descendant in the direct line. It’s quite surprising. And rather impressive. Maybe I’ll use it to find out more information when I finally live in Scotland. I’m moving in next September, the time to finish my year of study. I’ve already planned everything, it remains for me to settle down to do my research.
    Thank you for this article, it helped me a lot.

    1. Hailey

      August 18, 2019 at 5:15 pm

      I’m a Campbell on my mother’s side from Scotland

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    February 13, 2019 at 12:25 am

    Looking for Abigail Hobbs

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    January 6, 2019 at 8:01 am

    I am wondering why no one ever mentions the witches of Mexico. Catemaco, Mexico is literally full of very good witches. Perhaps it is the way they carry out their incantions or maybe just not enough people really know about them.My mothers family comes from decendants of the craft way back.My great, great grandfather was tasked to bring down the witches that would steal the cinnamon tree branches, so the ability to stop or allow the passage through the Cinnamon tree orchards was very important to the town as this was one of the major money makers for the town and the people that lived there.I know it might sound a little bit odd but the value of cinnamon back in those days is equivalent to the Vanilla Bean today.Witches were drawn to the tree groves and still to this day most witches utilize cinnamon for their incantations.

    1. admin

      January 6, 2019 at 3:29 pm

      Kate – I’d love to hear more about your family and their magical traditions. This is SO interesting to me! The cinnamon being worth a lot makes sense to me! Email me at

    2. Anonymous

      February 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm

      I’m with you I want to know about the witches in the Caribbean

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  44. Amanda

    December 14, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    I am interested to see what you have in Eastern Europe. I have Hungarian and Ukrainian heritage and my grandmother has told me on several occasions that a few relatives practiced herbal crafts. I’ve always been drawn to it, even as a little girl. I’m just glad to know that it is in my family!

  45. L.Porter

    November 15, 2018 at 10:29 am

    As shown from Scottish Witch Bloodlines..
    Not just one, but my actual full name is present.
    My name is Lindsay Porter, correct spelling in all. It feels right at least to know I’m not alone..
    Born Empath, I’ve always FELT different.
    Started books and spells at an early age.
    I’m coming into more of my comfort zone using crystals, healing rocks, moon energy, ect , I just wish there was someone near my area to help me grasp my full potential..
    I’m having issues with a few chakra’s being blocked.. By the way, I’m a full Gemini.. Good Vibes!

    1. admin

      November 15, 2018 at 5:52 pm

      You’re not alone, Lindsay! My grandfather’s people were from Argyllshire, and I have the last name Dunlop in my ancestral line.

      1. Leslie Moon

        November 9, 2021 at 1:31 am

        king Robert De Bruce is my 21st great grandfather. The surnames for me are Bruce and Hall. I’m still trying to piece together whether the Bruces of the witch trials of Scotland are of the same relation. I do know that there were Bruces that helped with the witch trials as well. Do you know anything about the bruce lineage in the trials?

    2. Thomas chrystie

      December 24, 2018 at 1:42 pm

      L.Porter your statement of needing help in opening or let’s say balancing your chakras. I know a woman whom is very educated in this topic,whom like yourself is a true by bloodline witch of Norwegian desent. As you are gemini so is she. Her and I dated for nearly 5 years before we parted ways but in those five years I was educated in some truth on this matter of witchcraft sorcery or however one may describe it. I never was a believer nor disbeliever of this matter when we came together,I assure you and any others who may question the truth of this subject that i now am neither a believer or no believer , I now am a knower of this truth ,fact , existence reality . I do believe we all have the ability to change, manipulate,control or cast our will upon people objects things etc. Actually I know we do. Certain individuals are more prevailent than others. I have witnessed this woman throw an object of mine of great value across a room and break it, and never physically touch it,all done from the powers of her mind or chi energy more so I believe. Not fully a knower on the chi subject as of yet but yes a believer. Fact is we all posses the abilities, recognizing it and knowing it is truth ,fact, is most likely the first and hardest step in being able to harness and control the abilities to use it or manifest by use of it. Twice I’ve known her to use her abilities to manifest the second time she did nearly cost me my life…fact. I have only witnessed her being able to use her abilities when angered,not just angry I’m talking blood boiling mad. Never witnessed her using it when all was normal or happy moments. But mad best lookout if you are on the receiving end of her hatred at that moment. We ,her and I reside in Florida although we are no longer together I still have contact with her. So that said if your reside here also I could offer you an avenue for help. But I believe you don’t necessarily need outside help ,the answer lies within your ownself to unblocking your chakras look deeper within while concentrating on freeing your mind or opening your third eye or pineal gland…deeper meditation or trance state of being is what will allow you what you seek. That said to get to that state of being is up to you to find, it could be one simple thing to achieve it or a combine of things. Like certain herbs may do it or certain sounds or music or possibly a chemical to change your state of mind I don’t know your exact thing it will take to get to the altered state of trance to balance your chakras you have to try various things to obtain what u are seeking. Hope this helps somewhat. It’s only advice and the good part is that it’s free and always will be from me. Lol. Best to you..key thing to remember is you need not believe you can do have to know and once you know which comes from within your being not your mind and there I’d your answer. Good fortune to you and to all. Peace and please always use your abilities to manifest positive energy never negative. Gemini I know you will…I wonder do you have blue eyes? Just a thought

      1. Anonymous

        August 16, 2020 at 2:06 pm

        Do you have the email of this women Id like to talk to her… I am related to the witch bloodline. Thanks,

    3. Brianna

      March 18, 2019 at 12:48 pm

      I did a bit of looking awhile back through my Italian side i believe i traced some of my family to Naples Italy. I am about 65% sure I searchedcorrectly but not enough to be 100% yet

    4. Tracy

      September 9, 2019 at 2:46 am

      Susannah is my 12th ggm as well..Inam also gifted. My Scottish witch lines are Balfour, Campbell , Douglass, Bruce and Gowdie. I was always cudioys if the persecuted witches descendants had powers and abilities. I know that Susannah was a Pious Christian woman. So , having natural abilities is a curious thing , isnt it? Xo, Tracy

      1. Leslie Moon

        November 9, 2021 at 1:35 am

        HELLO! I am related to Bruce as well. Robert De Bruce is my 21st great grandfather. I’d love to connect.

    5. Angela L Stoker

      October 30, 2021 at 3:57 pm

      My grandmother was a Porter(maiden) . Her husband’s, my grandfather’s, family came over from England to Plymouth and then to Salem. His last name is Langford, though. My DNA profile has me as predom Scottish. My mother’s side was Germany, though

  46. Joseph putnam

    October 20, 2018 at 3:38 am

    Ok, I’m lost… I’m a Putnam, from the same family as the Salem witch trials. Many of my ancestors were burned at the stake… Why wouldn’t this list include the Putnam name? If you are going to mention Salem I find it a little odd that you wouldn’t mention any of the family names related to that trial.

    1. admin

      October 20, 2018 at 12:18 pm

      I haven’t read any Putnam names “burned at the stake” in Salem. Most of the victims were hanged, one pressed to death with rocks. Plus the Putnam name is associated with the accusers, not the actual witches.

      1. anonymous

        January 1, 2020 at 5:13 am

        I’ve always been told since I was a little girl that my relative was burnt at the stake in Salem but then I read no one was burnt. I’m confused. Been trying to search and figure out who I’m related to.

        1. admin

          January 3, 2020 at 2:21 pm

          No one was burnt in Salem. Hung mostly and one man Corey Giles was pressed to death with large stones. Build a family tree and research your familial last names against witch trial lists.

    2. Adrianna

      November 30, 2018 at 6:29 pm

      I think you’re confused Mr. Putnam; as Admin states, no accused witches were burned at the stake in Salem. They were hung or pressed to death, with any number also dying in the prison of the usual ailments associated with imprisonment at that time.
      Also, Ann Putnam and her family were among the accusers, not the accused.

    3. Ben nelson

      November 18, 2022 at 12:21 am

      I am related to you on my mother’s side my grandma maiden name is Putnam and are from Salem

  47. Linda M

    October 7, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    The Nordic patronyms Jonsdotter and Eriksdotter would only exist for a generation, and it would be impossible to decide whether you are related to them unless they are placed by the name of the farm they were born on or the one they lived and died on. Any daughter of Erik would be Eriksdotter and her children would not share her last name.

    1. Raven Lancaster

      October 16, 2018 at 11:54 pm

      While that is traditionally true, a lot of families chose to keep that as a surname for many generations especially if they moved somewhere else. I know women with the surname of Erikson or Ericsson.

  48. carla

    September 20, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    Could carrier be a name from carrie

    1. admin

      September 25, 2018 at 11:30 am

      You’d have to look it up. Google “last name carrier origins” and usually the results will tell you other forms of the name.

  49. Dione Mena

    September 11, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    Merri meet,
    You have nothing on eastern European witches (as you all call them)? Why is that?
    Remember a “witch” will always know another one when they meet. And if you are a descendant, you will know. The elders of your family will always tell you. Also it’s not a religion, no worship to God’s and dieties, that is the person’s personal beliefs. The power is more like a connection in your bloodline to all and everything around you. Because you know if you back up everything is one.

    1. admin

      September 12, 2018 at 12:49 am

      I haven’t written one yet. I had to break the articles up into pieces – Europe is a large continent. Some witches make witchcraft their religion, some don’t. It depends on the region and the individual.

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