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Wesen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Wesen reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Wesen family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Wesen family lived in Staffordshire, at Weston-under-Lizard.


Early Origins of the Wesen family


The surname Wesen 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." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


Early History of the Wesen family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wesen research.
Another 130 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1140, 1200, 1540, 1688, 1628, 1511, 1536, 1515, 1466, 1542, 1540, 1566, 1635, 1582, 1612, 1582, 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 Wesen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wesen Spelling Variations


Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Weston, Atgate and others.

Early Notables of the Wesen 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), was an English courtier, born about 1515, and the only son of Sir Richard Weston (1466?-1542.) Sir Francis was charged with high treason and adultery with the queen Anne Boleyn. His father, Sir Richard was an English courtier and diplomatist, son of Edmund Weston, an adherent of Henry VII. Sir William Weston (d. 1540) was his brother. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
Edward Weston (1566-1635), was a Roman Catholic controversialist, son of...
Another 166 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wesen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Wesen family to Ireland


Some of the Wesen 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 Wesen family to the New World and Oceana


Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Wesen name or one of its variants: 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..

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Citations


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print


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