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Weatherley is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Weatherley family lived at Wetherby in West Yorkshire, a market town and civil parish within the metropolitan borough of the City of Leeds. "The Saxon name of this town, whence the present is obviously deduced, was Wederbi, a term intended to designate its situation on a bend of the river Wharfe." [1] Today in the United States, there are two towns listed: Weatherby, Missouri; and Weatherby Lake, Missouri

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Weatherley have been found, including Wetherby, Weatherby, Wetherbie, Wetherbee, Witherby and many more.

First found in West Yorkshire where one of the first records was of Ivo de Werreby in 1214; and Richard de Wetherby in 1302. Conjecturally the Wetherby family are descended from Ralph of Intwood, who held the lands and village of Intwood from Eudo, Steward to William the Conqueror. Intwood consisted of a church, a mill, nine horses, and thirty sheep, as recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086. Wetherby is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Wedrebi, thought to derive from wether- or ram-farm or else meaning "settlement on the bend of a river". Local folklore has it that when heavy snow storms hit the county, Wetherby does not get as much because the "Weather Goes By."


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Weatherley research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 146 and 1461 are included under the topic Early Weatherley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Weatherley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. 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 Weatherley were among those contributors:

Weatherley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Thomas Weatherley, aged 21, landed in Virginia in 1773

Weatherley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Irene Weatherley, aged 8, who landed in America, in 1894
  • Jane Weatherley, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1895

Weatherley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Mrs. Weatherley, who landed in America from Bath, in 1903
  • Mrs.Ma.H. Weatherley, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Thos. A. Weatherley, who emigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • Mrs. J. S. Weatherley, aged 50, who emigrated to America, in 1904
  • James S. Weatherley, who settled in America, in 1905


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  • James Weatherley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Gold Democrat National Convention from Alabama, 1896
  • Stephen John "Steve" Weatherley (b. 1957), English former motorcycle speedway rider
  • David John Weatherley (b. 1939), New Zealand actor and voice actor, best known for the voice of Barliman Butterbur in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
  • Michael "Mike Richard Weatherley (b. 1957), British Conservative Party politician, (MP) for Hove in East Sussex


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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  2. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
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The Weatherley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Weatherley 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.

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