Warne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Warne likely is derived from the place name Wearne, a hamlet, in the parish of Huish-Episcopi, poor-law union of Langport, E. division of the hundred of Kingsbury in Somerset, [1] or Warne in Marytavy in Devon. [2]

Early Origins of the Warne family

The surname Warne was first found in Somerset or Devon. Alternatively the name could have been "from Cornish guernen, an alder-tree." [3] [4] Another source claims the name was "a curt pronunciation of Warren." [5]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Roger Warne in Norfolk, and the following in Somerset: Jervase de Werne; John de Werne and Alexander atte Werne. [6] Kirby's Quest listed: Gervase de Werne as residing in Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first years of Edward III's reign.) [7]

Early History of the Warne family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Warne research. Another 25 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1524 and 1545 are included under the topic Early Warne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Warne Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Warne, Warnes, Warn, Wearn, Wearne and others.

Early Notables of the Warne family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Warne Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Warne migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Warne Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Warne, who was granted land in Virginia in 1636
  • Thomas Warne, who arrived in Virginia in 1639 [8]
  • Francis Warne, who landed in Virginia in 1657 [8]
  • Francis Warne, who settled in Virginia in 1657
Warne Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Warne, who was recorded as a British alien in New York during the War of 1812
  • James Warne, aged 32, who arrived in New York in 1812 [8]
  • R. W. Warne, who arrived in New York in 1824
  • John Warne, who landed in New York in 1846 [8]

Canada Warne migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Warne Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Leonard Warne, who settled in Ontario in 1837
  • Caroline Warne, who was one of the "home children" sent to Quebec to live in 1870

Australia Warne migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Warne Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Warne, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [9]
  • Charles Warne, English convict from Southampton, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [10]
  • Joseph Warne, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Sovereign" in 1847 [11]
  • Eliza Warne, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Sovereign" in 1847 [11]
  • John Warne, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Sovereign" in 1847 [11]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Warne migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Warne Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Luyan Warne, (b. 1840), aged 25, Cornish farm labourer departing on 5th August 1865 aboard the ship "Blue Jacket" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 13th November 1865 [12]
  • Layan Warne, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blue Jacket" in 1865
  • Mr. James H. Warne, (b. 1875), aged 3 months, Cornish settler departing on 12th October 1875 aboard the ship "Caroline" going to Napier, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand arriving in port on 31st January 1876 [13]
  • Mr. Mary M. Warne, (b. 1855), aged 20, Cornish settler departing on 12th October 1875 aboard the ship "Caroline" going to Napier, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand arriving in port on 31st January 1876 [13]
  • Thomas Warne, aged 25, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1872
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Warne (post 1700) +

  • Kate Warne (1833-1868), American first female detective in the Pinkerton Detective Agency in 1856; she is buried in the Pinkerton Family Plot at Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois
  • John Warne (b. 1979), American musician, best known for being the bassist for the Christian rock band Relient K
  • Charles Warne (1802-1887), English archæologist, born in Dorset; he made extensive researches into the prehistoric remains of Dorset
  • Paul Warne (b. 1973), English former footballer, current manager of Championship club Rotherham United
  • Baz Warne (b. 1964), English musician, current guitarist and vocalist of the Stranglers
  • Ray Warne, English professional footballer
  • Pearsall Warne, British founder of Pearsall Warne Ltd, Letchworth, Hertfordshire which built less than a dozen 4-wheeled cyclecars from 1913 to 1915
  • Tom Warne (1870-1944), Australian cricketer who played 46 first-class cricket matches for Victoria between 1895 and 1912
  • Norman Warne (1868-1905), British publisher, the third son of publisher Frederick Warne; he was the first to publish Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Peter Rabbit in 1902
  • Jo Warne (b. 1938), British actress, best known for her role as Peggy Mitchell in the BBC soap opera EastEnders
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mrs. Jane Warne (1845-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [14]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Kenneth F J Warne, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [15]


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. ^ Charnock, Richard, Stephen, Ludus Patronymicus of The Etymology of Curious Surnames. London: Trubner & Co., 60 Paternoster Row, 1868. Print.
  4. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  5. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  6. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  7. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  8. ^ 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)
  9. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  10. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agincourt/1844
  11. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRITISH SOVEREIGN 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847BritishSovereign.htm
  12. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  13. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to other ports, 1872 - 84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  14. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  15. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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