Westren History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Westren is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Westren family lived in Staffordshire, at Weston-under-Lizard.

Early Origins of the Westren family

The surname Westren 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 Westren family

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

Westren Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Westren include Weston, Atgate and others.

Early Notables of the Westren 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 Westren family to Ireland

Some of the Westren 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 Westren migration to the United States +

In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Westrens to arrive on North American shores:

Westren Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Anna Westren, aged 7, who landed in New York in 1864 [3]
  • C M Westren, aged 53, who arrived in New York in 1864 [3]
  • Franz Westren, aged 16, who landed in New York in 1864 [3]
  • Gustav Westren, aged 19, who arrived in New York in 1864 [3]
  • Gustava Westren, aged 53, who landed in New York in 1864 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  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)


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