Early Origins of the Westra family
The surname Westra was first found in Cumberland
where they held a family seat
on the English/Scottish border. After the Norman Conquest
many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north. The border became a convenient no-man's land. Notable families such as the Percy, the Umfravilles and the Nevilles gathered many supporting clans around them. In the 16th century they became known as the 'unruly clans'. In that century, many of those clans drove their herds south, and they settled in Yorkshire
. The name was first recorded in Lincolnshire
but as did many Norman nobles the name moved north to Northumberland
when William Westreys held estates in 1219. In 1292, Roger de Westwra held the lands of Westwra in Cumberland
. Alternatively, the family could have originated in the lands of Westray on the island of Westray, Orkney
. In this case, the earliest record of the name was Lord Michael de Westray, knight who witnessed a charter by Henry de St. Clair, Earl of Orkney
, apud Kirkwaw (Kirkwall), in 1391. CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Early History of the Westra family
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Westra Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Westwra, Westwray, Westwrey, Westray, Westrey, Westraigh, Westwrow, Westwro, Westroe and many more.
Early Notables of the Westra family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Westra family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: settlers, who arrived along the eastern seaboard, from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands.