Waigh is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in Cambridgeshire
, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Waigh family
The surname Waigh was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times before the taking of the Domesday Book
Early History of the Waigh family
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Waigh Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Waigh family name include Way, Waye, Wey, Whey, Weigh, Weghe and others.
Early Notables of the Waigh family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Waigh family to Ireland
Some of the Waigh family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Waigh family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Waigh surname or a spelling variation of the name include: George Way, who settled in Boston in 1633; Edward Way settled in Virginia in 1655; Elizabeth Way settled in Nantasket, Mass in 1630; Richard Way was a merchant of St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1779.