Western History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Western is one of the many names that the Normans brought with them when they conquered England in 1066. The Western family lived in Staffordshire, at Weston-under-Lizard.

Early Origins of the Western family

The surname Western 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]

Early History of the Western family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Western 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 Western History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Western 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 Western 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] Edward Weston (1566-1635), was a Roman Catholic controversialist, son of...
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Ireland Migration of the Western family to Ireland

Some of the Western 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.


United States Western migration to the United States +

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 Western name or one of its variants:

Western Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Western, who landed in America in 1764 [3]
Western Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Western, aged 27, who arrived in Tennessee in 1812 [3]

Australia Western migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Western Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mary Western, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Delhi" in 1839 [4]
  • Henry Western, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839 [5]
  • Ann Western, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839 [5]
  • William THomas Western, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839 [5]
  • Sarah A. Western, aged 23, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Warren Hastings"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Western migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Western Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Octavius Western, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • T O Western, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Jane
  • Mr. Western, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Jane" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 24th May 1841 [6]
  • Charles Western, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Countess of Kintore" in 1871
  • Ellen Western, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Countess of Kintore" in 1871
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Western (post 1700) +

  • Thomas G. Western, American politician, Delegate to Texas Consultation of 1835 from District of Goliad, 1835 [7]
  • Mark S. Western, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1952 [7]

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. George Edward Western, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, was later killed in action in 1942 [8]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Raymond John Western (1922-1939), British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [9]


  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
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DELHI 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Delhi.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MOFFATT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Moffatt.htm
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  9. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html


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