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Where did the English Westby family come from? What is the English Westby family crest and coat of arms? When did the Westby family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Westby family history?

The lineage of the name Westby begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in Westby, a small village in Lincolnshire. The name was aslo found in Lancashire and West Yorkshire. The place name Westby comes from the Old Norse words vestr, or "west," and býr, meaning "a settlement."


Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Westby has undergone many spelling variations, including Westby, Westerby, Westbee, Westbie and others.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat anciently in hundred Amounderness from before the Norman Conquest in 1066.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Westby research. Another 281 words(20 lines of text) covering the year 1233 is included under the topic Early Westby History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Westby Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Westby family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Westby were among those contributors:

Westby Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Barbara Westby, who arrived in Maryland in 1656
  • Edward Westby, who came to Virginia in 1664
  • Edward Westby, who landed in Virginia in 1664

Westby Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Westby and family, who came to New York in 1830

Westby Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Westby, who was on record in the census of Ontario of 1871

Westby Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Westby, aged 21, a mason, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874


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: Nec volenti nec volanti
Motto Translation: Neither wishing nor flying.


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The Westby Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Westby 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.

This page was last modified on 12 January 2011 at 13:45.

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