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

The name Weathers is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from the Old Norse personal name Vidarr, which means, wide messenger. Weathers is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Many patronyms were formed when a son used his father's personal name as a surname, while others came from the personal names of famous religious and secular figures. In this case, the surname was originally derived from the given name of an ancestor of the bearer. The name could also have been derived from the Anglo Saxon Wihthere, meaning "a courageous warrior."


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

First found in Norfolk and Lincolnshire where the first record of the name "occurs in the Domesday Book as a tenant prior to that census. " [1] [2] Wyther cognomento Turnel was listed in Norfolk (1134-1140) as was Richerus filius Wither (1153-1168.) William Wither was listed in Lincolnshire c. 1160 and Geoffrey Wider was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Gloucestershire in 1192. [3] The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 includes: Agnes Wyther in Cambridgeshire; Richard Wyther in Oxfordshire; Simon Wyther in Huntingdonshire; and Walter Wythor in Cambridgeshire. [2]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Weathers research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1588, 1667, 1657, 1720, 1707, 1708 and 1708 are included under the topic Early Weathers History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 59 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Weathers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Weathers family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Weathers Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Wm Weathers, who arrived in Virginia in 1650

Weathers Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Weathers, who arrived in Virginia in 1715

Weathers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Weathers, who landed in New York, NY in 1816

Weathers Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Ann Weathers, aged 26, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Lismoyne"


  • Robert James Weathers (1960-2011), former American football running back
  • William Douglas Weathers (b. 1931), American television journalist
  • Curtis Lenard Weathers (b. 1956), former American football linebacker
  • Felicia Weathers, well known internationally, American opera and concert singer
  • Clarence Weathers (b. 1962), former professional American football wide receiver
  • Seaborn Beck Weathers (b. 1946), American pathologist
  • Sean Weathers (b. 1980), American filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, editor and actor
  • Casey Weathers (b. 1985), minor league baseball pitcher
  • John Patrick 'Pugwash' Weathers (b. 1947), American drummer
  • John David Weathers (b. 1969), former Major League Baseball pitcher



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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Other References

  1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  5. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  6. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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The Weathers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Weathers 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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