The surname War 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 War family
The surname War 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 War family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our War research.Another 172 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1069, 1174, 1296, 1489, 1670, 1694, 1838, 1876, 1662, 1713 and are included under the topic Early War History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
War Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the War family (pre 1700)
Notable among the family at this time was Rebecca Weir, grandmother of Ulysses S. Grant, U.S. President; and Captain Thomas Benton Weir (1838-1876), an officer in the 7th Cavalry Regiment... Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early War Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the War family to Ireland
Some of the War 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 War family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
War Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas War, who landed in Maryland in 1648 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
The War 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.