Werry History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Werry family

The surname Werry was first found in Norfolk where one of the first records of the name was Guericus, Gueri who was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. [1]

Almost one hundred years later Werri de Marinis was listed in Yorkshire in 1166 and a few years after that Werreis de Pilledona was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Dorset in 1179. [2]

Henry Werreys was Mayor of Sandwich in 1270. [3]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Thomas Gery and Gerri de Planastre in Oxfordshire, and the following in Cambridgeshire: Warrin Gery; Werry de Cadamo; Herry Werri; and Peter Werri. [4]

Early History of the Werry family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Werry research. Another 230 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1455, 1487, 1380, 1753, 1347, 1347, 1360, 1377, 1616, 1630, 1660, 1839, 1886, 1649, 1730, 1688 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Werry History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Werry Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gery, Warre, Werre, Gerry, Werry, Warry, Warriss and many more.

Early Notables of the Werry family (pre 1700)

Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Werry Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Werry migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Werry Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Werry, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737 [5]
Werry Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Werry, (b. 1815), aged 25, English miner departing from England aboard the Ship "Royal Adelaide" arriving in the United States on 21st April 1840 [6]
  • Mrs. Sarah Werry, (b. 1815), aged 25, English settler departing from England aboard the Ship "Royal Adelaide" arriving in the United States on 21st April 1840 [6]
  • Peter Werry, who arrived in North America in 1846 [5]
  • Philipp Werry, who landed in North America in 1846 [5]
  • Katharina Elisabeth Werry, who landed in America in 1853 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Werry migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Werry Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Werry, Cornish labourer departing from Plymouth on 4th November 1856 aboard the ship "William" arriving in Port Fairy (Belfast), Victoria, Australia on 25th January 1857 [7]
  • Mrs. Catherine Werry, (b. 1820), aged 37, Cornish settler departing from Plymouth on 4th November 1856 aboard the ship "William" arriving in Port Fairy (Belfast), Victoria, Australia on 25th January 1857 [7]
  • Miss Elizabeth Werry, (b. 1849), aged 8, Cornish settler departing from Plymouth on 4th November 1856 aboard the ship "William" arriving in Port Fairy (Belfast), Victoria, Australia on 25th January 1857 [7]
  • Mr. William Werry, (b. 1835), aged 23, Cornish labourer departing from Plymouth aboard the ship "Ascendant" arriving in Moreton Bay, New South Wales, Australia on 19th June 1858 [8]
  • Mrs. Phillippa Werry, (b. 1838), aged 20, Cornish settler departing from Plymouth aboard the ship "Ascendant" arriving in Moreton Bay, New South Wales, Australia on 19th June 1858 [8]

New Zealand Werry migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Werry Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Werry, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "May Queen" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 15th November 1871 [9]
  • Mr. William Werry, (b. 1845), aged 30, Cornish mason departing on 12th October 1875 aboard the ship "Caroline" going to Napier, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand arriving in port on 31st January 1876 [10]
  • Mr. Alfred E. Werry, (b. 1873), aged 2, Cornish settler departing on 12th October 1875 aboard the ship "Caroline" going to Napier, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand arriving in port on 31st January 1876 [10]
  • Mr. Jonathan Thomas Werry, (b. 1871), aged 4, Cornish settler departing on 12th October 1875 aboard the ship "Caroline" going to Napier, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand arriving in port on 31st January 1876 [10]
  • Miss Julianna E. Werry, (b. 1875), aged 8 months, Cornish settler departing on 12th October 1875 aboard the ship "Caroline" going to Napier, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand arriving in port on 31st January 1876 [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Werry 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: Je trouve bien
Motto Translation: I find good.


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 3 of 3
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to New York 1820 - 1891 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_new_york_1820_1891.pdf
  7. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  8. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1850_59.pdf
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to other ports, 1872 - 84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf


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