Westwech is a name that came to England
in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Westwech family lived in Staffordshire
, at the manor of Westewike
. Today, Wightwick is a part of Tettenhall Wightwick ward in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England
. It is so named after an ancient local
family the "de Wightwicks". Of note is Wightwick Manor, a Victorian manor house now owned by the National Trust.
Early Origins of the Westwech family
The surname Westwech was first found in Staffordshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Westewike, in the Lordship of Tettenhall. The family also anciently had branches in Surrey
, Berkshire and Coventry. The first on record was William de Wictewike who lived about in 1260, but the name is recorded in the Domesday Book
. Today Wightwick Manor is a Victorian manor house located in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, built in the 19th century and includes original Morris wallpapers and fabrics, De Morgan tiles, Kempe glass and has beautiful gardens ans stables.
Early History of the Westwech family
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Westwech Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Westwech has been recorded under many different variations, including Wyghtwiche, Wightwycke, Wightwick, Whitewick, Whytewick, Writewick, Wytewick, Writewyck, Witewyck, Westwick, Westick, Wightick, Westwicke, Westwyck and many more.
Early Notables of the Westwech family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Westwech family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Westwechs were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: William Westick who landed in North America in 1702.
The Westwech Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Aut viam inveniam aut faciam
Motto Translation: I will either find a road or make one.