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

The name Weaver was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is a name for a weaver. The surname Weaver was originally derived from the Old English word wefan, meaning a person who weaves cloth from long strands of fibre.

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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, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Weaver 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 Weaver 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 Weaver 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 Weaver Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Weavers to arrive on North American shores:

Weaver Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • William Weaver, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Samuel Weaver, aged 30, arrived in Virginia in 1624-1625
  • Samuell Weaver, who landed in Virginia in 1624-1625
  • Samuel Weaver settled in Virginia in 1624
  • Edmund and James Weaver settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630


Weaver Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Thomas Weaver, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • John Weaver, who landed in Maryland in 1705
  • Arthur Weaver, who landed in New England in 1726
  • Johannes Weaver, aged 22, landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Peter Weaver, who landed in Virginia in 1735


Weaver Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Nathan Weaver, who arrived in Texas in 1830
  • Goodloe Weaver, who arrived in America in 1830
  • Linehart Weaver, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1837
  • Herman Weaver, who arrived in Maryland in 1838
  • Christian Weaver, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844


Weaver Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Silas Weaver, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760

Weaver Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • David B Weaver, who landed in Canada in 1830
  • Henry Weaver, who landed in Canada in 1831
  • Abraham Weaver, who landed in Canada in 1831
  • Benjamin, Weaver Sr., who arrived in Canada in 1831
  • Daniel Weaver, who arrived in Canada in 1831

Weaver Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • George Weaver, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Alfred B. Weaver arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1837
  • Jane Weaver arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1837
  • Alfred Weaver arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1839
  • Jane Weaver arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1839


Weaver Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • James Weaver, aged 25, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Seringapatam" in 1856
  • William Weaver, aged 36, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
  • Ellen Weaver, aged 34, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
  • Walter Weaver, aged 11 months, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
  • Henry Weaver, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874


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  • James C. "Jim" Weaver (1945-2015), American football player, coach and college athletics administrator
  • Gertrude Weaver (1898-2015), née Gaines, an American supercentenarian who lived to be 116 years old
  • William Fense Weaver (1923-2013), American English language translator of modern Italian literature
  • Winstead Sheffield Glenndenning Dixon "Doodles" Weaver (1911-1983), American character actor, comedian and musician
  • Billy Dennis Weaver (1924-2006), American Primetime Emmy Award winning actor, best known for his work on the long-running western series Gunsmoke, and as Marshal Sam McCloud on the NBC police drama McCloud
  • Jack Weaver (1928-2009), American Deputy Sheriff in Los Angeles County, noted for developing the Weaver Stance for shooting handguns
  • Louie Weaver III (b. 1951), American drummer for the Christian rock band Petra
  • Curley James Weaver (1906-1962), American blues musician
  • Kyle Donovan Weaver (b. 1986), American professional NBA basketball player
  • Jonathan Weaver (1824-1901), American clergyman, Bishop of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ (1848-1901)

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  • Henry B. Weaver's Descendants by Elizabeth W. Shirk.
  • The George Philip Williams of Craig Co. Virginia and Aylett Weaver of Monroe Co. West Virginia by Herman Joseph Williams.
  • Virginia to Ohio and States West: Descendants of Peter Weaver and J. Jacob Kopp by Mary Mae Cupp Campbell.
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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 Weaver Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Weaver 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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