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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

Where did the English Way family come from? What is the English Way family crest and coat of arms? When did the Way family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Way family history?

The history of the Way family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in Cambridgeshire, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.


Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Way include Way, Waye, Wey, Whey, Weigh, Weghe and others.

First found in Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times before the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Way research. Another 141 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Way History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 21 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Way Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Way family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 45 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Way or a variant listed above:

Way Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Elizabeth Way settled in Nantasket, Massachusetts in 1630
  • George Way, who settled in Boston in 1633
  • Aaron Way, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1651
  • George Way, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1651
  • Edward Way settled in Virginia in 1655

Way Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Way, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Morris Way, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Ernest A Way, who landed in Frederick County, Maryland in 1798

Way Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Way, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Francis Way, aged 23, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Eilen Way, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Ellen Way, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • H Way, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851


  • Danny Way (b. 1974), American professional skateboarder
  • DeAndre Way (b. 1990), American rapper, better known by his stage name Soulja Boy Tell 'Em
  • Gerard Way (b. 1977), American lead singer of the band My Chemical Romance
  • Ann Way (1915-1993), English actress
  • Anthony Way (b. 1982), English chorister and classical singer
  • Paul G. Way (b. 1963), English professional golfer from Kingsbury, Middlesex
  • Arthur Sanders Way (1847-1930), English-born, Australian classical scholar, translator and headmaster of Wesley College, Melbourne, Australia
  • Sir Richard Way, Principal of King's College, London
  • Rt. Rev. Wilfred Way, Bishop of Masasi
  • Kelly-Ann Way (b. 1964), Canadian Olympic track cyclist and road bicycle racer



  • Descendants of Robert and Hannah Hickman Way of Chester County, Pennsylvania by D. Herbert Way.
  • Hezekiah Hiatt & Sarah Davison Way; Their Ancestors and Descendants by Mary Elizabeth Way.

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  10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  11. ...

The Way Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Way Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 14 June 2014 at 19:15.

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