Weafer is a name that first reached England
following the Norman Conquest
in 1066. It is a name for a weaver.
The surname Weafer was originally derived from the Old English word wefan,
meaning a person who weaves cloth from long strands of fibre.
Early Origins of the Weafer family
The surname Weafer was first found in Cheshire
, where they held a family seat
at the time of the Conquest, and Lords of the manor of Weaver. They were descended from the Norman, Le Wevere.
Early History of the Weafer family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Weafer research.Another 257 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1550, 1685, 1645, 1630, 1687, 1673 and 1760 are included under the topic Early Weafer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Weafer Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Weaver, Wever, Weever and others.
Early Notables of the Weafer family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Robert Wever (fl 1550), an English poet and dramatist; John Weaver (died 1685), an English politician, Member of Parliament for... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Weafer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Weafer family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Weafer name or one of its variants: Edmund and James Weaver settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630; John Weaver and his wife settled in Barbados in 1678; Samuel Weaver settled in Virginia in 1624.
The Weafer 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: Esto fidelis
Motto Translation: Be Faithful.