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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.

Way Early Origins



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.

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Way Spelling Variations


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

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Way Early History


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Way Early History



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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Way Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Way Early Notables (pre 1700)



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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Way In Ireland


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Way In Ireland



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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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 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Mr. Titus Way U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Phillip and William Way settled in Bona Vista Newfoundland in 1792 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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Contemporary Notables of the name Way (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Way (post 1700)



  • 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
  • ... (Another 20 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Way Historic Events


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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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Suggested Readings for the name Way


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Suggested Readings for the name Way



  • 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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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  2. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  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.

This page was last modified on 13 November 2016 at 19:26.

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