Early Origins of the Wightway family
The surname Wightway was first found in Dorset
, where Whiteway was and ancient hundred
that included the parishes of Cheselbourne, Hilton, Ibberton, Melcombe Horsey, Milton Abbas, Stoke Wake and Woolland.
Another source claims the name is from neighboring Devon: "The Whiteways or Whiteaways bear an ancient Devonshire name. John de Wyteweye, of the Teignbridge hundred in the reign of Edward I., is referred to in the Hundred Rolls. An ancient estate in Kingsteignton, near Chudleigh, is called Whiteway, and a family of Whiteway resided in Chudleigh in the 16th and 17th centuries. The name was established in Ashburton in the 16th century, Whytewaye being the name of Ashburton churchwardens in 1539 and 1578. The name is still represented in Chudleigh and Ashburton." CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
Another source agrees that the name is from "Whiteway House, Whiteway Barton (Devon) where the name was Whythaweye in 1335." CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X) The name literally means "from a residence near a white road."
Early History of the Wightway family
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Wightway Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Whiteway, Wyteway, Wightway, Witway and others.
Early Notables of the Wightway family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wightway family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Silvester Whiteway who was a boat-keeper in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1682; William Whiteway settled at Western Bay, Newfoundland, in 1771; the Whiteways also settled at Harbour Grace,(1812).
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- ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)