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.
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. They were descended from the Norman, Le Wevere.
Early History of the Weiver family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Weiver research.Another 257 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1550, 1685, 1645, 1630, 1687, 1673 and 1760 are included under the topic Early Weiver History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Weiver Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Weiver family to the New World and Oceana
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.