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The Wead surname is derived from the Middle English word "wode," meaning "wood," which suggests that the original bearer of the name lived near a wood, or was perhaps employed as a woodcutter or forester.

Wead Early Origins



The surname Wead was first found in Leicestershire, England. However, during ascension of William to the English throne, the family were stripped of their land holdings in Leicestershire by the king, and moved north to Dumfriesshire, Scotland. The first of the family in this region are said to descend from a Norman knight by the name of Ernald de Bosco (Bosco is a Latinized form of wood,) who accompanied William the Conqueror. A number of Boscos are thought to have have moved northwards with other Anglo-Norman families in the train of Margaret, King Malcolm Ceanmore's second wife, to escape the ponderous rule of William.

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Wead Spelling Variations


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Wead Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Vould, Voud, Vode, Would, Wood, Woods, Wode, Woid, Wodes and many more.

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Wead Early History


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Wead Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wead research. Another 387 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1168, 1214, 1124, 1153, 1295, 1376, 1398, 1515, 1488, 1695, 1678, 1680, 1680, 1688, 1761 and are included under the topic Early Wead History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wead Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wead Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable among the family at this time was Sir Andrew Wood (d. 1515) of Largo, Fife, a Scottish Sea Captain, who rose to become Lord High Admiral of Scotland, he held the lands at Kirkton of Largo in Fife, and is said to be the scion of the Chiefly line of...

Another 59 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wead Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wead In Ireland


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Wead In Ireland



Some of the Wead family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 127 words (9 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Richard Wood, who settled in Virginia in 1635; Patrick Wood, who arrived in Virginia in 1635; William Wood, who settled in New England in 1635; Walter Wood, who arrived in Virginia in 1639.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wead (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wead (post 1700)



  • Leslie C. Wead, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1904
  • Hezekiah M. Wead, American politician, Delegate to Illinois State Constitutional Convention from Fulton County, 1847
  • Doug Wead, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Arizona 6th District, 1992

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    2. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    5. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    6. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    8. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    10. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    11. ...

    The Wead Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wead 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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