name Weghes comes from the family having resided in Cambridgeshire
, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Weghes family
The surname Weghes was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times before the taking of the Domesday Book
Early History of the Weghes family
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Weghes Spelling Variations
Weghes has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Way, Waye, Wey, Whey, Weigh, Weghe and others.
Early Notables of the Weghes family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Weghes family to Ireland
Some of the Weghes family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Weghes family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Weghess to arrive on North American shores: George Way, who settled in Boston in 1633; Edward Way settled in Virginia in 1655; Elizabeth Way settled in Nantasket, Mass in 1630; Richard Way was a merchant of St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1779.