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

The name Wever reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Wever is for a weaver. The surname Wever was originally derived from the Old English word wefan, meaning a person who weaves cloth from long strands of fibre.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Wever are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Wever include 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wever 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 Wever History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Wever, or a variant listed above:

Wever Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Eliza Wever, who landed in Virginia in 1698

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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: Esto fidelis
Motto Translation: Be Faithful.

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The Wever Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wever 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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