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The name Weight is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was taken on by someone who worked as a watchman. Weight is an occupational surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Occupational surnames were derived from the primary activity of the bearer. In the Middle Ages, people did not generally live off of the fruits of their labor in a particular job. Rather, they performed a specialized task, as well as farming, for subsistence. Other occupational names were derived from an object associated with a particular activity. This surname comes from the Anglo-Norman-French word waite, which means watch. Waits or Waites were British town pipers. Up until 1835, every British town and city of note had a band of Waites and more often than not, they played and instrument called the Wait-pipe.

Weight Early Origins



The surname Weight was first found in Cornwall where they were Lords of the manor of Arwennick, and held a family seat from very ancient times some say well before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Weight Spelling Variations


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Weight Spelling Variations



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 Weight include Waite, Wait, Wayte, Waits, Waight and others.

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Weight Early History


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Weight Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Weight research. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1611, 1699 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Weight History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Weight Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Weight Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Weight Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Weight In Ireland


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Weight In Ireland



Some of the Weight family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 37 words (3 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



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:

Weight Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Joane Weight, a servant sent to the "foreign plantation" of Barbados in 1658
  • Jonathan Weight, who arrived in Maryland in 1674

Weight Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Elizabeth Weight, a bonded passenger, who arrived in Annapolis, MD, in 1725

Weight Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Matthew Weight, who landed in New York in 1820
  • Christ Weight, who landed in North America in 1832-1849

Weight Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Weight, who arrived in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Weight Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • T. Weight arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Watson" in 1849

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Contemporary Notables of the name Weight (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Weight (post 1700)



  • Douglas Daniel "Doug" Weight (b. 1971), former American professional ice hockey player, current Assistant Coach and Special Assistant to the General Manager for the New York Islanders

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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: Pro aris et focis
Motto Translation: For our altars and our home.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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    The Weight Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Weight 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 20 June 2013 at 14:16.

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