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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."

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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]

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.


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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.

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

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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.

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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"

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  • Rex N. Weathers, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Mississippi 1st District, 1998, 2002
  • Isaac Weathers, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Georgia, 2008
  • Frederick N. Weathers, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1956, 1960
  • E. G. Weathers, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1916
  • Carroll Wayland Weathers (b. 1901), American Democrat politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate 13th District, 1935
  • 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

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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. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  7. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
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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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