Early Origins of the Westegate family
The surname Westegate was first found in either Durham
where Westgate is more often than not a village or parish. There are two very early records of the name: William de Westgat who was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of Surrey
in 1199 and Peter de Westgate of Canterbury who was listed in the Pipe Rolls
in 1198. The latter "no doubt lived near the west gate of the city." CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 list: William de Westgate in Norfolk; and Berthona de Westgate in Kent
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
While one would presume that this name has consistently held the same spelling through the years referring to one who lives by the "west gate" of a town or village, interestingly Westgate on Sea, Kent
was first spelt Westgata in 1168. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Westegate family
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Westegate Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Westegate family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Westegate family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: settlers who were recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..