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

The surname Wireman is of Norman origin. It was introduced into Normandy by Norsemen where it was derived from the Old Norse word "ver" which meant a "station" or "fishing station." After the Norman Conquest, the name was later derived from the Old English word "wr," or "wer," meaning "a weir." In both cases, the name was a topographic name.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Weir, Vere, Ver and others.

First found in Roxburghshire, where they were descended from Aubri de Vere, a descendant of the Duchess Judith in 1058. His son, another Aubri, accompanied William the Conqueror to Hastings in 1066, and built a castle at Hedingham in Essex, and held Kensington in Middlesex. He was the ancestor of the Earls of Oxford. Although the de Veres were highly respected members of the aristocracy in England, a branch of the family moved northward in 1069 and settled in the lowlands of Scotland at Sprowestun, in Roxburghshire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wireman research. Another 343 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1069, 1174, 1296, 1489, 1670, 1694, 1838, 1876, 1662, 1713 and are included under the topic Early Wireman History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 101 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wireman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Wireman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 217 words(16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wireman Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Eugenie Wireman, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • Henry D. Wireman, aged 50, who emigrated to America, in 1892
  • Henry F. Wireman, aged 15, who landed in America, in 1892
  • Mr. Henry D. Wireman, aged 49, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894
  • Henry Wireman, aged 42, who landed in America, in 1895

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  • John Wireman, American executive producer


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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: Vero nihil verius
Motto Translation: Nothing truer than truth.

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