Show ContentsWeiver History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Weiver came to England with the ancestors of the Weiver family in the Norman Conquest in 1066. The surname Weiver is for a weaver. The surname Weiver was originally derived from the Old English word wefan, meaning a person who weaves cloth from long strands of fibre. [1]

Alternatively, the name could have been Norman in origin as the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae lists Hubert de Wevre, in Normandy in 1198. The same source notes Robert, Hugh, Ernald, Oger, Serlo, William, Gerard, Gauffrid Textor in Normandy 1180-95. [2]

Early Origins of the Weiver family

The surname Weiver was first found in Cheshire, where they held a family seat at the time of the Conquest, and Lords of the manor of Weaver. [3] They were descended from the Norman, Le Wevere.

Early History of the Weiver family

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Weiver Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Weaver, Wever, Weever and others.

Early Notables of the Weiver family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Robert Wever (fl 1550), an English poet and dramatist; John Weaver (died 1685), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Stamford (1645); Robert Weaver (c.1630-1687), an English politician; and John Weaver (1673-1760), an English dancer and choreographer, and is often regarded as the father of English pantomime. John Weaver (d. 1685), was an English politician of North Luffenham, Lincolnshire. "In January 1649 Weaver was named one of the commissioners for trying Charles I, but never attended any of the sittings of the court. On 14 April 1653 parliament voted him Scottish lands to the...
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Migration of the Weiver family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Weiver or a variant listed above were: Edmund and James Weaver settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630; John Weaver and his wife settled in Barbados in 1678; Samuel Weaver settled in Virginia in 1624.

The Weiver 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: Esto fidelis
Motto Translation: Be Faithful.

  1. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. 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)
  3. Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print. on Facebook