Show ContentsWeathers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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" or in some cases, derived from the word "wether" meaning "sheep" or "ram." In this latter case, it could denote an occupational name particularly when a suffix is added as in "Wetherman", "Wethered" and "Weatherherd."

Early Origins of the Weathers family

The surname Weathers was 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]

Early History of the Weathers family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Weathers research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1688, 1715, 1809, 1588, 1667, 1657, 1720, 1707, 1708, 1708, 1675, 1661, 1664, 1664, 1669, 1669 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Weathers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Weathers Spelling Variations

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, Weather, Wetherman, Wethered and many more.

Early Notables of the Weathers family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include George Wither (1588-1667), an English poet, pamphleteer, and satirist. He was born at Bentworth, near Alton, Hampshire, the eldest of three sons of George Wither. "The Wither family is said to have been originally settled in Lancashire, but five generations had been settled before the poet's birth in Hampshire. The eldest branch of the family was long...
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Weathers Ranking

In the United States, the name Weathers is the 2,178th most popular surname with an estimated 14,922 people with that name. [4]

Ireland Migration of the Weathers family to Ireland

Some of the Weathers family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Weathers migration to the United States +

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
  • William Weathers, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 [5]
Weathers Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Weathers, who arrived in Virginia in 1715 [5]
Weathers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Weathers, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [5]

Australia Weathers migration to Australia +

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

Weathers Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Ann Weathers, aged 26, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Lismoyne"

Contemporary Notables of the name Weathers (post 1700) +

  • Carl Weathers (b. 1948), American actor and former professional football player in the United States and Canada, best known for portraying Apollo Creed in the Rocky series of films
  • Corporal Lawrence Carthage Weathers VC (1890-1918), New Zealand born, Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Ryan Weathers (b. 1999), American Profession Baseball pitcher for the San Diego Padres
  • John David Weathers (b. 1969), Major League Baseball Player for the Yankees who won the 1996 World Series
  • Andre Le'Melle Weathers (b. 1976), former American football player for the New York Giants (1999-2000)
  • Casey Weathers (b. 1985), American Minor League Baseball pitcher for the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
  • 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
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. ^ Lower, 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)
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  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook