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

Weston is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest brought to England in 1066. The Weston family lived in Staffordshire, at Weston-under-Lizard.


Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Weston, Atgate and others.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Weston research. Another 151 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1140, 1200, 1540, 1688, 1511, 1536, 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 Weston History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 299 words(21 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Weston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Weston family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 53 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Weston or a variant listed above:

Weston Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Weston settled in Maine in 1623
  • William Weston settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Francis and Lucy Weston, who settled in Virginia in 1630
  • Joe Weston settled in Barbados in 1635
  • Edmond Weston, aged 30, arrived in New England in 1635

Weston Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Eliza Weston, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Lewis Weston, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1736-1737
  • Margaret Weston, who arrived in America in 1766
  • Ann Weston, aged 30, arrived in Carolina in 1774
  • Samuel Weston, who landed in New York in 1789

Weston Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Rachael Weston, aged 20, arrived in New York, NY in 1803
  • James Weston, who arrived in New York in 1823
  • Thomas Weston, who arrived in New York in 1834
  • Daniel Weston, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Weston Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Andw Weston, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Weston Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Ellen Weston, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1835
  • Seth Weston, who arrived in Canada in 1841
  • Patrick Weston, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1843
  • Bridget Weston, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1843

Weston Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Weston, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Henry Weston, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Frederick Weston arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836
  • John Weston arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838
  • John Weston arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "D'Auvergne" in 1839

Weston Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Weston landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Samuel Weston, aged 27, a farm labourer, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • Caroline Weston, aged 26, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • Phoebe Weston, aged 6, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • Charlotte Weston, aged 4, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841


  • Edward Weston (1886-1958), American photographer
  • Bob Weston, American musician
  • Jerome Lee Weston (1943-1988), American Engineer from Baldwin, New York, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
  • Frank Weston (1871-1924), English Anglican bishop of Zanzibar
  • Bob Weston (b. 1947), English guitarist
  • Phil Weston (b. 1973), English cricketer
  • Tommy Weston (1895-1952), English footballer
  • William Pritchard Weston (1804-1888), English-born, third Premier of Tasmania
  • Garfield Weston (1898-1978), Chairman, Associated British Foods
  • Galen G Weston (b. 1972), Canadian Chairman, George Weston Ltd



  • Lower Richard Planters: Hopkins, Adams, Weston, and Related Families of South Carolina.

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