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The ancestors of the West surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in Devon. The name West is derived from the fact that the original bearer of the name came from the west. This rather general nickname could be an indication that the person moved from the west to where he received the name, or that he lived in the western portion of some area such as a county or parish.

West Early Origins



The surname West was first found in Devon, where the family "are remarkable, not so much for the antiquity of the family as for the early period at which they attained the honour of the peerage. Sir Thomas West is the first recorded ancestor; he died in the seventeenth of Edward II., having married the heiress of Cantilupe, and thus became possessed of the lands in Devonshire, and at Smitterfield in Warwickshire." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Another reference states "the noble family (Earl Delawarr) ... wrote themselves De West; not it appears, from any place so called, but from their large possessions in the West of England." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Later some of the family held estates at Aughton in the West Riding of Yorkshire. "This place, called in Domesday Book Actone, Hactone, and Hacstone, was formerly the residence of the family of West, of whom was Sir William West, a soldier in the army of Henry VIII., and who had, in reward for his services, beneficial grants of abbey lands: the family resided here till the latter end of the reign of Elizabeth." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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West Spelling Variations


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West Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname West include West, Weste and others.

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West Early History


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West Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our West research. Another 335 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1570, 1365, 1405, 1312, 1386, 1386, 1399, 1401, 1399, 1402, 1642, 1636, 1674, 1660, 1556, 1601, 1590, 1659, 1635, 1637, 1632, 1691, 1670, 1716, 1710 and are included under the topic Early West History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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West Early Notables (pre 1700)


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West Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Thomas West, 1st Baron West (1365-1405), only son of Sir Thomas West, of de Hampton Cantilupe (1312-1386), served alongside his father under Richard II; one of them was in active service in Calais in 1386, A knight banneret, he served in Ireland with the Duke...

Another 211 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early West Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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West In Ireland


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West In Ireland



Some of the West family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

West Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Francis West, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1607
  • Francis West settled in Virginia in 1608
  • Anthony West settled in Virginia in 1622 along with Henry, John, Nathaniel
  • Anthony West, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1624
  • Grace West, who arrived in Virginia in 1636
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Dorcas West, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Giles West, who arrived in Virginia in 1719
  • Anne West, who arrived in Virginia in 1719
  • Caspar West, aged 32, landed in Pennsylvania in 1740
  • Charles West, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Gobbs West, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1805
  • David West, aged 26, landed in New York in 1812
  • Bartholomew West, aged 25, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Beale West, aged 47, landed in New York in 1812
  • John West, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1852
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. James West U.E. who settled in Bell Vue, Beaver Harbor, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 was a passenger aboard "Cyrus" on August 21, 1783 from New York to Saint John River [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. William West U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he became a Freeman in 1785 was a Butcher [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Robert West was a merchant in St John's Newfoundland in 1794 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

West Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Benjamin West, who arrived in Canada in 1831
  • Isaac Newton Duzan West, who arrived in Canada in 1833
  • James West, aged 23, a weaver, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast, Ireland

West Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John West, English convict from Dorset, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  • James West, English convict from Buckinghamshire, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  • William West, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1826
  • Edward West, English convict from Cambridge, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  • John West, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Joseph West landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Daniel West, aged 16, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • Catherine West a servant, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Eagle" in 1854
  • Joseph West arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Cresswell" in 1856
  • Felix West arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name West (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name West (post 1700)



  • Wilson H. West, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1972
  • William Stanley West (1849-1914), American Democrat politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives, 1892-1901; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1908; U.S. Senator from Georgia, 1914
  • William S. West, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1928
  • William H. West, American Republican politician, Ohio State Attorney General, 1866-68; Justice of Ohio State Supreme Court, 1872-73; Delegate to Ohio State Constitutional Convention from Logan County, 1873
  • William B. III West, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, 1958-61
  • William B. West, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly from Rock County 1st District, 1902
  • William B. West, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Dublin, 1863-67
  • William West (1822-1919), American politician, Member of Ohio State Legislature, 1848; Hotelier; Mayor of Ames, Iowa, 1870-71
  • Wayne West, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1964
  • Walter E. West, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Muskegon County 1st District, 1958
  • ... (Another 192 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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West Historic Events


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West Historic Events




Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. Thomas Edward West (b. 1946), Arkansas, USA, American Sergeant 1st Class from Clarksville, Tennessee, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. James  West, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Levi  West (1889-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. William  West, Scottish stationed aboard the SS Curaca from Anderson, Scotland, United Kingdom who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Robert W West (b. 1901), English Chief Engine Room Artificer serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Alfred P West (b. 1914), English Petty Officer Cook (S) serving for the Royal Navy from Birchington-on-Sea, Kent, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Edwy Arthur West (d. 1912), aged 36, English Second Class passenger from Bournemouth, Dorset who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mrs. Ada Mary West, (née Worth), aged 33, English Second Class passenger from Bournemouth, Dorset who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 10
  • Miss Constance Mirium West, aged 4, English Second Class passenger from Bournemouth, Dorset who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 10
  • Miss Barbara Joyce West, aged 10 mths, English Second Class passenger from Bournemouth, Dorset who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 10

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Suggested Readings for the name West


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Suggested Readings for the name West



  • A Chart of Some Ancestors of Benjamin Holmes West, 1861-1919 by William J. Harrison.
  • Hill-West, Fisher-Beauchamp and Related Families by Olive M. Fisher.
  • Some Descendants of Anthony West of Accomack, Virginia by Elmer D. West.

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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: Jour de ma vie
Motto Translation: Day of my life, i.e. “Most glorious day of my life.”.


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Citations



  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  5. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1826
  9. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  9. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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The West Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The West Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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