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The history of the Way family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in Cambridgeshire, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.

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The surname Way was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times before the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086.

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 Way include Way, Waye, Wey, Whey, Weigh, Weghe and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Way research. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Way History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 18 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Way Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Way family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 45 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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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 Way or a variant listed above:

Way Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Elizabeth Way settled in Nantasket, Massachusetts in 1630
  • George Way, who settled in Boston in 1633
  • Aaron Way, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1651
  • George Way, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1651
  • Edward Way settled in Virginia in 1655
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Way Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Way, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Morris Way, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Ernest A Way, who landed in Frederick County, Maryland in 1798

Way Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Way, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Francis Way, aged 23, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Eilen Way, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Ellen Way, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • H Way, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Way Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Richard Way was a merchant of St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1779
  • Mr. Titus Way U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Phillip and William Way settled in Bona Vista Newfoundland in 1792

Way Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John B Way, who arrived in Canada in 1831

Way Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Caroline Way arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke of Bedford" in 1848
  • Elizabeth Way arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1849
  • Emma Way arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1849
  • Sarah Way, aged 36, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke Of Wellington" in 1849
  • G. Way arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Watson" in 1849
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Way Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • J. B. Way arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860
  • Mary Ann Way, aged 17, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • Sarah Way, aged 15, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
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  • William J. Way, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Bozrah, 1895-96
  • Walter D. Way, American Republican politician, Chair of Essex County Republican Party, 1942; Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1944
  • Samuel Yulee Way (1869-1956), American politician, Mayor of Orlando, Florida, 1931-34, 1937-40
  • Thomas A. Way, American politician, Delegate to Ohio State Constitutional Convention from Monroe County, 1850-51
  • S. X. Way, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from South Dakota, 1912, 1916 (alternate), 1924, 1928
  • L. R. Way, American Republican politician, Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1939
  • Kristi Way, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 2008
  • James A. Way, American politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 23rd District, 1886
  • J. S. Way, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1860
  • George O. Way, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 13th District, 1857-58
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Way Historic Events



HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Oswald Way, British Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
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  • Descendants of Robert and Hannah Hickman Way of Chester County, Pennsylvania by D. Herbert Way.
  • Hezekiah Hiatt & Sarah Davison Way; Their Ancestors and Descendants by Mary Elizabeth Way.
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    6. 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).
    7. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    8. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    9. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    10. 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).
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    The Way Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Way 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.

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