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Where did the English Weatherly family come from? What is the English Weatherly family crest and coat of arms? When did the Weatherly family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Weatherly family history?

Weatherly is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Weatherly family lived at Wetherby in West Yorkshire, a market town and civil parish within the metropolitan borough of the City of Leeds. Today in the United States, there are two towns listed: Weatherby, Missouri; and Weatherby Lake, Missouri


Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Weatherly include 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."


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


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


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Weatherly Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • J. Weatherly arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Camilla" in 1849

Weatherly Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mr Weatherly landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Clifton


  • Michael Manning Weatherly Jr. (b. 1968), American actor
  • Joseph "Joe" Weatherly (1922-1964), American two-time NASCAR championship driver
  • James Dexter Weatherly (b. 1943), American singer-songwriter
  • Shawn Nichols Weatherly (b. 1959), American beauty queen and actress
  • Cyril Roy Weatherly (1915-1991), American professional baseball player
  • Clay Weatherly (1910-1935), American racecar driver
  • Andrew Earl Weatherly (1895-1981), American philatelist
  • Ulysses G. Weatherly (1865-1940), founder of the American Sociological Society
  • Frederic Edward Weatherly (1848-1929), English lawyer, author, lyricist and broadcaster
  • Mark Weatherly (b. 1958), English retired Association football player



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The Weatherly Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Weatherly 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 15 April 2015 at 04:26.

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