Early Origins of the Wenyan family
The surname Wenyan was first found in Suffolk
at Great Wenham (Wenham-Combustor) or Little Wenham, villages and parishes that date back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 where they were collectively listed as Wenham. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The place name possibly means "homestead or enclosure with pastureland" from the Old English "wynn" + "ham." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Little Wenham is home to Wenham Castle, a castellated manor house, one of the oldest houses in England
built by John de Villabus in the 13th century. One of the first records of the surname was found in Surrey
in the year 1194 when William and Hawise Wenham held estates in that county.
Early History of the Wenyan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wenyan research.Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1525, 1455, 1487, 1730 and 1712 are included under the topic Early Wenyan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wenyan Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Wenham, Wenam, Wennam, Wennum, Wenum and others.
Early Notables of the Wenyan family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Jane Wenham (died 1730), generally regarded as one of the last witches in England; her trial took place in 1712 and was reported widely in printed tracts of the period. She was convicted, but the judge... Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wenyan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wenyan family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: settlers, who arrived along the eastern seaboard, from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands.