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The Waite name was coined by the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Waite was originally a name given to someone who worked as a watchman. Waite is an occupational surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Occupational surnames were derived from the primary activity of the bearer. In the Middle Ages, people did not generally live off of the fruits of their labor in a particular job. Rather, they performed a specialized task, as well as farming, for subsistence. Other occupational names were derived from an object associated with a particular activity. This surname comes from the Anglo-Norman-French word waite, which means watch. Waits or Waites were British town pipers. Up until 1835, every British town and city of note had a band of Waites and more often than not, they played and instrument called the Wait-pipe.

Waite Early Origins



The surname Waite was first found in Cornwall where they were Lords of the manor of Arwennick, and held a family seat from very ancient times some say well before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Waite Spelling Variations


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Waite Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Waite are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Waite include: Waite, Wait, Wayte, Waits, Waight and others.

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Waite Early History


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Waite Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Waite research. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1611, 1699 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Waite History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Waite Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Waite Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Waite Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Waite In Ireland


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Waite In Ireland



Some of the Waite family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Waite or a variant listed above:

Waite Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Waite, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1630
  • Richard Waite, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1633
  • Gamaliel Waite, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635
  • Thomas Waite, who arrived in Rhode Island in 1638
  • Sarah Waite, who landed in Virginia in 1663
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Waite Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Waite, who arrived in Virginia in 1713
  • Joseph Waite, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • John Waite settled in New York with his wife and six children in 1775

Waite Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Waite, aged 32, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Henry Waite, who arrived in New York in 1846
  • B K Waite, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • George Waite, who landed in Indiana in 1854
  • Fredrick Waite, who landed in Arkansas in 1885

Waite Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Joseph Waite U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [1]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

Waite Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Waldo Waite, who landed in Canada in 1834

Waite Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Waite arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1848
  • John Waite arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1848
  • Thomas Waite arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hindoo" in 1848
  • Louisa Waite arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hindoo" in 1848
  • Maria Waite arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hindoo" in 1848
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Waite Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Jerry Waite landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Edward Waite arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1864
  • Mary Waite arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1864
  • Jane Waite arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1864
  • Charles Waite arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Waite (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Waite (post 1700)



  • Ralph Waite (1928-2014), American actor, best known for his role as John Walton, Sr., on the CBS TV series The Waltons (1972-1981)
  • Morrison "Mott" Remick Waite (1816-1888), Chief Justice of the United States from 1874 to 1888
  • Edwin G. Waite, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 16th District, 1855-56
  • Davis Hanson Waite (1825-1901), American Republican politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly, 1857; Member of Kansas State Legislature, 1879; Governor of Colorado, 1893-95
  • D. E. Waite, American Republican politician, Supervisor of Scio Township, Michigan; Elected 1919
  • Charles P. Waite, American politician, Justice of Utah Territorial Supreme Court, 1862-64
  • Byron S. Waite, American politician, Circuit Judge in Michigan 3rd Circuit, 1899-1900; Appointed 1899
  • Buddy L. Waite, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Kentucky State House of Representatives 66th District, 1975
  • Benjamin W. Waite Jr., American Republican politician, Supervisor of Scio Township, Michigan, 1882-83; Defeated, 1896
  • Benjamin W. Waite, American politician, Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention, 1850
  • ... (Another 28 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Waite


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Suggested Readings for the name Waite



  • Corbin-Waite-Cooper of Baltimore County and City by Dorothy Cooper Knoff.
  • Six Generation of Descendants from Sylvester Craig, Timothy Walker, Martin Waite, Sr., and Nathan Hough by Dorothy Marsh Brunka.

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Motto


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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: Pro aris et focis
Motto Translation: For our altars and our home.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  5. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  6. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  7. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  8. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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The Waite Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Waite 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.

This page was last modified on 29 November 2016 at 20:40.

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