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Weems Early Origins



The surname Weems was first found in Fife, where they held a family seat from very ancient times as Lords of the Castle of Wemyss, so named from the Gaelic word Uamch (a cave) derived from the lands and cliffs in which caves abound on the seashore.

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Weems Spelling Variations


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Weems Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Wemyss, Weems, Wemys, Wemes and others.

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Weems Early History


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Weems Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Weems research. Another 375 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1251, 1286, 1484, 1605, 1608, 1609, 1617, 1596, 1617, 1669, 1625, 1672, 1579, 1636, 1608, 1649, 1610, 1679, 1659, 1705, 1678, 1720, 1657 and 1682 are included under the topic Early Weems History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Weems Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Weems Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the Clan at this time was John Weemes (Weemse, Wemyss) (c.1579-1636), a minister at Church of Scotland, Hebrew scholar and exegete, educated at the University of St Andrews, appointed minister of Hutton, Berwickshire in 1608; John Wemyss (died 1649), the 1st Earl of Wemyss and Lord High Commissioner to...

Another 52 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Weems Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Weems In Ireland


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Weems In Ireland



Some of the Weems family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 53 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Weems Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Weems, who settled in Philadelphia in 1823
  • Christina Weems, aged 35, who emigrated to America in 1892

Weems Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Fitzhugh Weems, who arrived in America in 1907
  • Florence L. Weems, aged 44, who arrived in America in 1907
  • Earle Weems, aged 16, who arrived in America in 1909
  • Belle Weems, aged 35, who settled in America in 1910
  • J. D. Weems, aged 30, who arrived in America in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Weems (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Weems (post 1700)



  • Charlie Weems (b. 1913), African American teenage hobo, one of the Scottsboro Boys, accused of rape aboard a train, convicted and finally receiving a full posthumous pardon on November 21, 2013
  • Wilfred Theodore "Ted" Weems (1901-1963), American bandleader and musician, recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Priscilla Weems (b. 1972), American actress and singer
  • Philip Van Horn Weems (1889-1979), United States Navy officer and inventor of navigational instruments, including the Weems Plotter and the Second Setting Watch, eponym of Mount Weems, Antarctica
  • Eric Weems (b. 1985), American NFL football wide receiver for the Chicago Bears
  • Sonny Weems (b. 1986), American NBA basketball player for the Toronto Raptors
  • Mason "Parson" Locke Weems (1759-1825), American book agent, best known for his publication The Life of Washington (1800), which included the story about Washington and the cherry tree
  • Katherine Lane Weems (1899-1989), American sculptor
  • John Crompton Weems (1778-1862), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland (18261829)
  • Deborah "Debbie" Weems (1951-1978), American actress best known for her roles on Captain Kangaroo
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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: Je pense
Motto Translation: I Think.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    3. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    10. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    11. ...

    The Weems Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Weems 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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