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The surname Wearn likely is derived from the place name Wearne, a hamlet, in the parish of Huish-Episcopi, poor-law union of Langport, E. division of the hundred of Kingsbury in Somerset, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
or Warne in Marytavy in Devon. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print


Wearn Early Origins



The surname Wearn was first found in Somerset or Devon. Alternatively the name could have been "from Cornish guernen, an alder-tree." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Charnock, Richard, Stephen, Ludus Patronymicus of The Etymology of Curious Surnames. London: Trubner & Co., 60 Paternoster Row, 1868. Print.
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Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
Another source claims the name was "a curt pronunciation of Warren." [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Roger Warne in Norfolk, and the following in Somerset: Jervase de Werne; John de Werne and Alexander atte Werne. [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Kirby's Quest listed: Gervase de Werne as residing in Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first years of Edward III's reign.) [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.


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Wearn Early History


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Wearn Early History



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Wearn Spelling Variations


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Wearn Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Warne, Warnes, Warn, Wearn, Wearne and others.

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Wearn Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wearn Early Notables (pre 1700)



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Wearn In Ireland


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Wearn In Ireland



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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wearn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Wearn, aged 23, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Cheapside" [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The CHEAPSIDE 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Cheapside.htm
  • William Wearn, aged 37, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Money" in 1849 [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) "WILLIAM MONEY" 1848-49. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849WmMoney.htm
  • Jenny Wearn, aged 35, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Money" in 1849 [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) "WILLIAM MONEY" 1848-49. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849WmMoney.htm
  • John K. Wearn, aged 13, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Money" in 1849 [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) "WILLIAM MONEY" 1848-49. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849WmMoney.htm
  • Samuel Wearn, aged 10, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Money" in 1849 [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) "WILLIAM MONEY" 1848-49. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849WmMoney.htm
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Contemporary Notables of the name Wearn (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wearn (post 1700)



  • Arthur E. Wearn, American politician, Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, 1933-35 [10]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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Wearn Historic Events


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Wearn Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Arthur Wearn (b. 1918), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [11]CITATION[CLOSE]
    H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm

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