Weatherly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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. "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

Early Origins of the Weatherly family

The surname Weatherly was first found in West Yorkshire where one of the first records was of Ivo de Werreby in 1214; and Richard de Wetherby in 1302. [2] Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Robertas de Wethirby as living there at that time. [3]

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. [4]

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". [5] Local folklore has it that when heavy snow storms hit the county, Wetherby does not get as much because the "Weather Goes By."

Early History of the Weatherly family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Weatherly research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 146 and 1461 are included under the topic Early Weatherly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Weatherly Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Weatherly family (pre 1700)

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

Weatherly Ranking

In the United States, the name Weatherly is the 3,563rd most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [6]


Australia Weatherly migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Weatherly Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • J. Weatherly, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Camilla" in 1849 [7]

New Zealand Weatherly migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Weatherly Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr Weatherly, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Clifton

Contemporary Notables of the name Weatherly (post 1700) +

  • Gerald Craft "Bones" Weatherly (1928-2004), American NFL football linebacker who played four seasons with the Chicago Bears (1950-1954)
  • Cyril Roy Weatherly (1915-1991), nicknamed "Stormy," and American professional baseball player from Tyler County, Texas whose career extended for two decades (1934–1943; 1946–1954; 1958)
  • Clay Weatherly (1910-1935), American racecar driver who was killed in the Indy 500 at the age of twenty
  • Andrew Earl Weatherly (1895-1981), American philatelist from North Carolina who specialized in the study of postage stamps and history of the Confederate States of America
  • Joseph "Joe" Weatherly (1922-1964), American two-time NASCAR championship driver, inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2009
  • Stephen Dian Weatherly (b. 1994), American football defensive end for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League
  • Shawn Nichols Weatherly (b. 1959), American beauty queen and actress, Miss USA and Miss Universe in 1980, known for her roles in Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986), and as Jill Riley in the first season of the TV series Baywatch (1989–90)
  • Michael Manning Weatherly Jr. (b. 1968), American actor, best known for playing the role of Anthony DiNozzo in the television series NCIS (2003–2016)
  • James Dexter Weatherly (1943-2021), American singer-songwriter inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, best known for "Midnight Train to Georgia", "Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)", "You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me"
  • Ulysses G. Weatherly (1865-1940), founder of the American Sociological Society
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  5. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  6. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CAMILLA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Camilla.gif


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