The history of the Wes family name begins after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Staffordshire
, at Weston-under-Lizard.
Early Origins of the Wes family
The surname Wes was first found in Staffordshire
where they held a family seat
at Weston-under-Lizard, having been granted lands as a tenant
in chief by William the Conqueror. Reginald Bailleul was from Bailleul-En-Gouffern at Orne, arrondisement of Argentan, in the canton of Trun, in Normandy.
The parish of Kelvedon in Essex was once a family seat. "Felix Hall, the seat of Lord Western, a handsome modern mansion with an elegant portico, is situated on an eminence surrounded by a park." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Wes family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wes research.Another 130 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1140, 1200, 1540, 1688, 1628, 1511, 1536, 1577, 1634, 1605, 1663, 1611, 1656, 1640, 1639, 1665, 1609, 1688, 1620, 1681, 1660, 1652, 1699, 1689, 1698, 1567 and 1573 are included under the topic Early Wes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wes 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 Weston, Atgate and others.
Early Notables of the Wes family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Weston, a 15th-century English merchant from Bristol who is believed to have been the first Englishman to lead an expedition to North America; Sir Francis Weston (1511-1536), English gentleman at the court of King Henry VIII of England
, charged with high treason... Another 107 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wes family to Ireland
Some of the Wes family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 32 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wes 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 Wes or a variant listed above were: Francis and Lucy Weston, who settled in Virginia in 1630; Joe Weston settled in Barbados in 1635; Thomas Weston settled in Maine in 1623; William Weston settled in Virginia in 1623..
Contemporary Notables of the name Wes (post 1700)
- Wes Avi Littleton (b. 1982), American former Major League Baseball right-handed relief pitcher who played for the Texas Rangers (2006-2008)
- Wes Funk (1968-2015), Canadian writer based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
- Wes Lofts (1942-2014), Australian rules footballer who played for Carlton from 1960 to 1970
- Wes Retherford (b. 1984), American politician, Member of the Ohio House of Representatives (2013-)
- Wes Chesson, former professional American NFL football player who played from 1971 to 1974
- Wes Saunders (b. 1963), English former professional footballer and football club manager
- Wes Patten (b. 1974), Australian former professional rugby league footballer
- Wes Berggren (1971-1999), American musician
- Wes Butters (b. 1979), British radio broadcaster
- Wes Goldie (b. 1979), Canadian professional ice hockey right winger