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Where did the English West family come from? What is the English West family crest and coat of arms? When did the West family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the West family history?The ancestors of the West surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in Devon. The name West is derived from the fact that the original bearer of the name came from the west. This rather general nickname could be an indication that the person moved from the west to where he received the name, or that he lived in the western portion of some area such as a county or parish.
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 West include West, Weste and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our West research. Another 237 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1642, 1636, 1674 and 1660 are included under the topic Early West History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 85 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early West Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the West family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 141 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
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:
West Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
West Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
West Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Jour de ma vie
Motto Translation: Day of my life, i.e. “Most glorious day of my life.”.
The West Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The West 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.
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