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The Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain were the first to use the name of Waites. The name had a practical origin since it came from when its initial bearer worked as a watchman. Waites 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.

Waites Early Origins



The surname Waites 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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Waites Spelling Variations


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Waites Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Waites include Waite, Wait, Wayte, Waits, Waight and others.

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Waites Early History


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Waites Early History



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

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Waites Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Waites Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Waites In Ireland


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Waites In Ireland



Some of the Waites 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



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Waites or a variant listed above:

Waites Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Rebecca Waites settled in St. Christopher in 1654
  • Elizabeth Waites, who landed in New Jersey in 1675

Waites Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Waites, aged 23, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Catherine"
  • William Waites, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Catherine" in 1851

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Contemporary Notables of the name Waites (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Waites (post 1700)



  • Keisha Sean Waites (b. 1972), American politician, Member of the Georgia House of Representatives (2012-)
  • Luigi Waites (1927-2010), American jazz drummer and vibraphonist
  • Thomas G. Waites (b. 1955), American actor
  • Brian Waites (b. 1940), English professional golfer
  • Scott Waites (b. 1977), English professional darts player, former Winmau World Masters champion, WDF World Cup singles' champion and Zuiderduin Masters champion
  • Richard Waites (b. 1963), British actor
  • Terry Waites (b. 1933), Australian rules footballer

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Waites Historic Events


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Waites Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Miss Martha Mattie Pinde Waites, Canadian 1st Class Passenger, Maid to the Burnside family from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    2. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    11. ...

    The Waites Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Waites 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 25 October 2016 at 20:12.

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