The surname Wyre 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 "wær," or "wer," meaning "a weir." In both cases, the name was a topographic name.
Early Origins of the Wyre family
The surname Wyre was 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.
Early History of the Wyre family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wyre research.Another 172 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1069, 1174, 1296, 1489, 1670, 1694, 1600, 1670, 1670, 1838, 1876, 1662, 1713 and are included under the topic Early Wyre History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wyre Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Wyre family (pre 1700)
Notable among the family at this time was Rebecca Weir, grandmother of Ulysses S. Grant, U.S. President.
Thomas Weir (1600?-1670), was a reputed sorcerer, son of a Lanarkshire
proprietor in Clydesdale. "Whether influenced by remorse or lunacy, or a combination of the two, Weir, though he never professed any penitence, made a voluntary confession to the authorities of incest, sorcery, and other crimes; and, after trial, on 9 April 1670, during... Another 70 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wyre Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wyre family to Ireland
Some of the Wyre family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 115 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wyre family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Wyre Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. James Wyre U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he is listed with the Loyalists and Disbanded Soldiers whose names appear as Passamaquoddy New Brunswick Loyalists CITATION[CLOSE]
Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
Contemporary Notables of the name Wyre (post 1700)
The Wyre Motto
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.
Wyre Family Crest Products
- ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X