Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a watchman. Waitt 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.
Early Origins of the Waitt family
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.
Early History of the Waitt family
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Waitt Spelling Variations
spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Waitt family name include Waite, Wait, Wayte, Waits, Waight and others.
Early Notables of the Waitt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Waitt family to Ireland
Some of the Waitt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Waitt family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Waitt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Waitt (post 1700)
The Waitt 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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