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The history of the name Wayte dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from a member of the family who worked as a watchman. Wayte is an occupational surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Occupational surnames were derived from the primary activity of the bearer. In the Middle Ages, people did not generally live off of the fruits of their labor in a particular job. Rather, they performed a specialized task, as well as farming, for subsistence. Other occupational names were derived from an object associated with a particular activity. This surname comes from the Anglo-Norman-French word waite, which means watch. Waits or Waites were British town pipers. Up until 1835, every British town and city of note had a band of Waites and more often than not, they played and instrument called the Wait-pipe.

Wayte Early Origins



The surname Wayte was first found in Cornwall where they were Lords of the manor of Arwennick, and held a family seat from very ancient times some say well before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Wayte Spelling Variations


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Wayte 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 Wayte has undergone many spelling variations, including Waite, Wait, Wayte, Waits, Waight and others.

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Wayte Early History


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Wayte Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wayte research. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1611, 1699 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Wayte History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wayte Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wayte Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wayte Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wayte In Ireland


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Wayte In Ireland



Some of the Wayte family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 37 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



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 Wayte were among those contributors:

Wayte Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Wayte, who arrived in Rhode Island in 1638
  • John Wayte, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1662
  • James Wayte, who landed in Maryland in 1673

Wayte Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Peter Wayte, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

Wayte Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Wayte, aged 51, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Nugget"

Wayte Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Edward Wayte landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wayte (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wayte (post 1700)



  • W. J. Wayte, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1908

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Pro aris et focis
Motto Translation: For our altars and our home.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    4. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    10. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
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    The Wayte Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wayte 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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