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Weaver is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after 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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The surname Weaver was 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.

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Weaver were recorded, including Weaver, Wever, Weever and others.


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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, 1550, 1685, 1645, 1630, 1687, 1673 and 1760 are included under the topic Early Weaver History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Robert Wever (fl 1550), an English poet and dramatist; John Weaver (died 1685), an English politician, Member of Parliament for...

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Weaver Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Weaver arrived in North America very early:

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
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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
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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
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Weaver Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Silas Weaver, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Mr. Frances Weaver U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. Francis Weaver U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784
  • Mr. Frederick Weaver U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784
  • Mr. Frederick Weaver U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1784
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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
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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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Weaver Historic Events



Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Annie  Weaver (1893-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Henry E Weaver (b. 1922), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Bassett, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. John Herbert Weaver, British Boy 1st Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Jack Weaver, British Boy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
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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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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    5. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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