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.
Early Origins of the Wayte family
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.
Early History of the Wayte family
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Wayte Spelling Variations
spelling variations, including Waite, Wait, Wayte, Waits, Waight and others.
Early Notables of the Wayte family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wayte family to Ireland
Some of the Wayte family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Wayte family to the New World and Oceana
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
Wayte Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Wayte Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Wayte Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Wayte (post 1700)
The Wayte 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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