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The ancient roots of the Ways family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Ways comes from when the family lived in Cambridgeshire, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.

Ways Early Origins



The surname Ways 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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Ways Spelling Variations


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Ways Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Ways has appeared include Way, Waye, Wey, Whey, Weigh, Weghe and others.

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Ways Early History


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Ways Early History



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

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Ways Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ways Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Ways In Ireland


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Ways In Ireland



Some of the Ways 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



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Ways arrived in North America very early:

Ways Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johan Jacob Ways, aged 18, landed in Pennsylvania in 1740

Ways Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mary Ann Ways arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1863
  • James Ways arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1863

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ways (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ways (post 1700)



  • Max Ways, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1912 (speaker)

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Ways Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    3. 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.
    4. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    11. ...

    The Ways Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ways 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 8 October 2015 at 15:37.

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