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

The name Weathers is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from the Old Norse personal name Vidarr, which means, wide messenger. Weathers is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Many patronyms were formed when a son used his father's personal name as a surname, while others came from the personal names of famous religious and secular figures. In this case, the surname was originally derived from the given name of an ancestor of the bearer.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Weathers include Withers, Wither and others.

First found in Hampshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The name derives from the Anglo Saxon Wihthere, meaning "a courageous warrior."


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Weathers research. Another 77 words(6 lines of text) covering the years 1588, 1667, 1657, 1720, 1707, 1708 and 1708 are included under the topic Early Weathers History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 59 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Weathers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Weathers family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Weathers Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Wm Weathers, who arrived in Virginia in 1650

Weathers Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • John Weathers, who arrived in Virginia in 1715

Weathers Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Joseph Weathers, who landed in New York, NY in 1816

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  • Barbara Weathers (b. 1963), American R&B/soul singer
  • Carl Weathers (b. 1948), American actor and former professional football player in the United States and Canada
  • John David Weathers (b. 1969), former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • John Patrick 'Pugwash' Weathers (b. 1947), American drummer
  • Casey Weathers (b. 1985), minor league baseball pitcher
  • Sean Weathers (b. 1980), American filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, editor and actor
  • Seaborn Beck Weathers (b. 1946), American pathologist
  • Clarence Weathers (b. 1962), former professional American football wide receiver
  • Felicia Weathers, well known internationally, American opera and concert singer
  • Curtis Lenard Weathers (b. 1956), former American football linebacker

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The Weathers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Weathers 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 7 December 2012 at 07:38.

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