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Where did the English Weaver family come from? When did the Weaver family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Weaver family history?

Weaver is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is a name for a weaver. The surname Weaver was originally derived from the Old English word wefan, meaning a person who weaves cloth from long strands of fibre.


Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Weaver were recorded, including Weaver, Wever, Weever and others.

First found in Cheshire, where they held a family seat at the time of the Conquest, and Lords of the manor of Weaver. They were descended from the Norman, Le Wevere.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Weaver research. Another 257 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1685, 1645, 1630, 1687, 1673 and 1760 are included under the topic Early Weaver History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 75 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Weaver Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Weaver arrived in North America very early:

Weaver Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • William Weaver, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Samuel Weaver, aged 30, arrived in Virginia in 1624-1625
  • Samuell Weaver, who landed in Virginia in 1624-1625
  • Samuel Weaver settled in Virginia in 1624
  • Edmund and James Weaver settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630

Weaver Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Weaver, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • John Weaver, who landed in Maryland in 1705
  • Arthur Weaver, who landed in New England in 1726
  • Johannes Weaver, aged 22, landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Peter Weaver, who landed in Virginia in 1735

Weaver Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Nathan Weaver, who arrived in Texas in 1830
  • Goodloe Weaver, who arrived in America in 1830
  • Linehart Weaver, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1837
  • Herman Weaver, who arrived in Maryland in 1838
  • Christian Weaver, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844


  • Sigourney Weaver (b. 1949), born Susan Alexandra Weaver, American three-time Academy Award, three-time BAFTA, two-time Emmy Award seven-time Golden Globe nominated actress
  • Warren Weaver (1894-1978), American scientist, mathematician, President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1954
  • Richard Malcolm Weaver (1910-1963), American scholar
  • Sylvester Laflin "Pat" Weaver (1908-2002), American radio advertising executive, president of NBC between 1953 and 1955 and father of Sigourney
  • Jeff Weaver (b. 1976), American retired Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Jim Weaver (1903-1983), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Jered David Weaver (b. 1982), American Major League Baseball starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels
  • Earl Sidney Weaver (1930-2013), American professional baseball player and manager, inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996
  • William Cameron "Cam" Weaver (b. 1983), American soccer player
  • Jonathan Weaver (1824-1901), American clergyman, Bishop of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ (1848-1901)



  • Henry B. Weaver's Descendants by Elizabeth W. Shirk.
  • The George Philip Williams of Craig Co. Virginia and Aylett Weaver of Monroe Co. West Virginia by Herman Joseph Williams.
  • Virginia to Ohio and States West: Descendants of Peter Weaver and J. Jacob Kopp by Mary Mae Cupp Campbell.


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