Weart History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Weart is derived from the Old English word "wer" which meant a "weir, dam, fishing-trap" In other words, the family were "dwellers by a dam" or "keepers of the fishing-weir," or fishermen. Today in Britain, Weare and Lower Weare are small villages in Somerset, England, on the River Axe, south of the Mendip Hills. And in the United States, Weare, New Hampshire; and Weare Township, Michigan are listed.

Early Origins of the Weart family

The surname Weart was first found in Devon where one of the first records was Peter de la Were who was listed in a census in 1242 and John atte Were was listed in a Somerset census in 1332. [1]

Traditionally, this family derive from an ancient branch of the Giffards of Devon and Somerset and are not related to the Weir of Vere families. Some say, in early times before the 12th century, the Weare-Giffards of Brightly and Halsworthy took the name Weare and eventually dropped the Giffard portion of the name.

"Jacobstow [Ccornwall] in the year 1573, had the honour of giving birth to Diggory Wheare, the author of a life of Camden, a treatise on reading history, and other works. He was appointed by Camden as his first reader in history at Oxford." [2]

Early History of the Weart family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Weart research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1600, 1700, 1573, 1647, 1593, 1623 and are included under the topic Early Weart History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Weart Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Were, Where, Wear, Wears, Weare and others.

Early Notables of the Weart family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Degory Wheare (1573-1647), English professor of history at Oxford University, born at the mansion of Berry Court, Jacobstow, about eight miles south of Stratton in North Cornwall. "He matriculated from Broadgates Hall, Oxford, on 6...
Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Weart Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Weart family to Ireland

Some of the Weart family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 60 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Canada Weart migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Weart Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Conradt Weart U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [3]
  • Mr. George Weart U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [3]
  • Mr. John Weart U.E. who settled in Sophiasburgh and Ameliasburgh [Prince Edward County], Ontario c. 1784 [3]
  • Mr. John Weart Jr., U.E. who settled in Osnabruck [South Stormont], Stormont County, Ontario c. 1784 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Weart (post 1700) +

  • John A. Weart, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Mercer County, 1864-65 [4]
  • Harry Weart, American politician, Mayor of Seneca Falls, New York, 1959 [4]
  • Edgar G. Weart, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Mercer County, 1912, 1914-15 [4]
  • Andrew Weart, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Hunterdon County, 1833 [4]


The Weart 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: Fuimus
Motto Translation: God and my country.


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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