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The name Waybright is tied to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England. It comes from Wigburh, a feminine name meaning "war-fortress." It was recorded once in 901 (as a personal name) and did not appear again until the 12th century. The record of the name from the 12th century is from Suffolk, where Wyburgh was recorded in church records in Bury, sometime between the years 1182 and 1211. This makes this name a metronymic vernacular name. The vernacular or regional naming tradition is the oldest and most pervasive type of metronymic surname. According to this custom, names were originally composed of vocabulary elements from the local language. Vernacular names that were derived from ancient Germanic personal names have cognates in most European languages. For example, the court of Charlemagne (742-814) was Christian and Latin-speaking, but the Frankish dialect of Old German was commonly used for personal names. Vernacular names were widespread throughout Normandy. Accordingly, many typical English and French names are in fact, originally of Germanic origin and often have cognates in other European countries.

Waybright Early Origins



The surname Waybright was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Waybright Spelling Variations


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Waybright Spelling Variations



Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Waybright has undergone many spelling variations, including Wybrew, Wibbery, Wybbery, Whybrew, Whybrow, Wyebrough, Wybrow and many more.

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Waybright Early History


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Waybright Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Waybright research. Another 294 words (21 lines of text) covering the year 1461 is included under the topic Early Waybright History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Waybright Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Waybright Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration



To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Waybright were among those contributors:

Waybright Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Martin Waybright, aged 17, landed in Pennsylvania in 1732

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Contemporary Notables of the name Waybright (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Waybright (post 1700)



  • H. C. Waybright, American Democrat politician, Candidate for West Virginia State Senate 14th District, 1928
  • Edgar W. Waybright, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1928, 1952 (alternate)

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    Other References

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    2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    4. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
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    7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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    The Waybright Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Waybright 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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