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Dalriada, in ancient Scotland, is where the name Weatherspoon evolved. It was a name for someone who lived in various places throughout Scotland. It may have been a habitation name from a now lost place name, thought to come from the Old English terms wether, which means "sheep," and "spong," or from spang, which means "a narrow strip of land." Habitation names form a broad category of surnames that were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Weatherspoon Early Origins



The surname Weatherspoon was first found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Friù), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Weatherspoon Spelling Variations


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Weatherspoon Spelling Variations



Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. Weatherspoon has been written as Wotherspoon, Witherspoon, Weatherspoon, Wetherspoon and many more.

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Weatherspoon Early History


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Weatherspoon Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Weatherspoon research. Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1643, 1646, 1768, and 1894 are included under the topic Early Weatherspoon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Weatherspoon Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Weatherspoon Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North Ameri ca. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Weatherspoon, or a variant listed above:

Weatherspoon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • David Weatherspoon, aged 23, who landed in Georgia in 1775 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Weatherspoon (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Weatherspoon (post 1700)



  • William Henry Weatherspoon (1936-2005), American songwriter and record producer, best known for his work for Motown Records, co-writer of "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted"
  • Teresa Gaye Weatherspoon (b. 1965), former American WNBA basketball player, voted by fans as one of the Top 15 players in WNBA history
  • Franklin De'Sean "Sean" Weatherspoon (b. 1987), American football linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons
  • Nick Levoter Weatherspoon (1950-2008), former American professional NBA basketball player who played from 1973 to 1980
  • Clarence Weatherspoon Sr. (b. 1970), former American professional NBA basketball player who played from 1992 to 2005
  • Johnny "Chuck" Weatherspoon Jr. (b. 1968), former American NFL football running back who played from 1991 to 1994
  • Walter Herbert Weatherspoon (1884-1972), American Democrat politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Scotland County, 1911-14
  • Russell Weatherspoon, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Hampshire, 2008

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Deo juvante
Motto Translation: By God’s assistance.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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)

Other References

  1. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  5. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  6. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  7. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  8. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  10. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
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The Weatherspoon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Weatherspoon 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 31 January 2017 at 06:35.

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