Weed History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Weed is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Weed family lived in Buckinghamshire, on Whielden Lane, Amersham. Today Weedon is a village and also a civil parish within Aylesbury Vale district to the north of Aylesbury and south of Hardwick in Buckinghamshire.
Early Origins of the Weed family
The surname Weed was first found in Northamptonshire where they held a family seat at two villages called Weedon Beck and Weedon Lois. They held these lands from the Count of Mortain, and were conjecturally descended from Hugh of Grand Mesnil in Normandy. The poet, Dame Edith Sitwell, is buried in the village.
Early History of the Weed family
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Weed Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Weed are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Weed include Weedon, Weeden, Weeton, Weton, Wedon and others.
Early Notables of the Weed family (pre 1700)
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Weed migration to the United States +
Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Weed, or a variant listed above:
Weed Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Jonas Weed, who arrived in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1630 
- Hen Weed, who landed in Virginia in 1653 
Weed Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- S Weed, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855 
Weed migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Weed Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. James Weed U.E. who settled in Bell Vue, Beaver Harbor, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 listed as a child less than 10 years of age 
- Mr. Jonas Weed U.E. who settled in Bell Vue, Beaver Harbor, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 
Contemporary Notables of the name Weed (post 1700) +
- Speed Weed, American television writer and producer, known for his work on NCIS: Los Angeles, Political Animals, and for Haven
- Charles Leander Weed (1824-1903), American photographer
- Robert Law Weed (1897-1961), American architect
- Susun Weed, American herbalist, author, and director of the Wise Woman Center
- Robert C Weed Jr. (b. 1955), American golf course designer, builder, and protégé of Pete Dye
- Albert Charles Weed, Virginia winemaker, businessman, and Democrat
- Thurlow "Tad" Weed (1933-2006), American placekicker for the Ohio State Buckeyes
- Brigadier General Stephen Hinsdale Weed (1831-1863), career military officer in the United States Army
- Thurlow Weed (1797-1882), New York political boss
- Alonzo R. Weed, American politician, Mayor of Newton, Massachusetts, 1904-05 
- ... (Another 37 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
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The Weed 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 Translation: I Believe.
Suggested Readings for the name Weed +
- 3909 "History of the Weed and Allied Families" By Charles Allison Weed, "Southern Weeds and Allied Families" by Louie Clarence Weed and Louie Gordon Weed.
- ^ 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)
- ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html