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.
Early Origins of the Ways family
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
Early History of the Ways family
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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.
Early Notables of the Ways family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ways family to 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.
Migration of the Ways family to the New World and Oceana
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, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1740 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Ways Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mary Ann Ways, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1863
- James Ways, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1863
Contemporary Notables of the name Ways (post 1700)
- Max Ways, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1912 (speaker) CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html