Wayman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Wayman has a rich and ancient history. It is an Anglo-Saxon name that was originally derived from the Anglo-Saxon personal name Wigmund, meaning man of war. [1]

Early Origins of the Wayman family

The surname Wayman was first found in Sussex but "Wymond and Wymund occurred as surnames in Oxfordshire, Bucks, Gloucestershire, and Norfolk during the 13th century." [2]

Early History of the Wayman family

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Wayman Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Wayman include Wyman, Wyeman and others.

Early Notables of the Wayman family (pre 1700)

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Wayman Ranking

In the United States, the name Wayman is the 5,175th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [3]


United States Wayman migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Wayman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Leonard Wayman, who arrived in Maryland in 1675 [4]
  • Miles Wayman, who arrived in Maryland in 1676 [4]
Wayman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mary Wayman, who landed in Virginia in 1717 [4]
  • Han Yarach Wayman, aged 30, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1742 [4]
Wayman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • F D Wayman, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [4]
  • R Wayman, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [4]

Canada Wayman migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wayman Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • James Wayman, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Australia Wayman migration to Australia +

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

Wayman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Richard Wayman, aged 22, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Warren Hastings"

Contemporary Notables of the name Wayman (post 1700) +

  • Robert P. Wayman, American businessman, Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett-Packard in 2005
  • Alex Wayman (1921-2004), American Tibetologist, and Indologist, and worked as a professor of Sanskrit at Columbia
  • Kenneth Wayman, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from Maryland, 1998 [5]
  • Edward D. Wayman, American politician, Mayor of Richmond, Kentucky, 1958-60 [5]
  • Thomas Wayman (1833-1901), English politician, Member of Parliament for Elland (1885-1899), Mayor of Halifax (1872-1874)
  • Frank Wayman (1931-2008), English footballer who played from 1953 to 1957 who died after being struck by a motorcycle while he crossed a road
  • Charles "Charlie" Wayman (1922-2006), English footballer who played from 1946 to 1958, older brother of Frank Wayman
  • Lord Nicholas Wayman -Harris, British film editor based in Santa Monica, California
  • Thomas Ethan Wayman (b. 1945), Canadian poet and academic
  • Wayman Peter P. St. Clair (b. 1842), American politician, Member of Nebraska State House of Representatives, 1877 [6]


  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 5) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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