Wetherall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Wetherall family

The surname Wetherall was first found in Cumberland (now called Cumbria) as Wetheral, a village and civil parish that dates back to c. 1100 when it was first listed as Wetherhala. The place name literally means "nook of land where wether-sheep are kept," from the Old English words "wether" + "halh." [1] One of the first records of the name was found here with Richard de Wederhal who was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Cumberland in 1332. William Wethereld, Wetherald, Wetherold was listed in Suffolk (1429-1433). [2] Hugh de Wederhale was listed in Cumberland during the reign of Edward I., and Adam de Wederhal, horner was listed during the reign of Edward II., as a Freeman of York. [3]

Early History of the Wetherall family

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Wetherall Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wetherall, Weatherall, Wetherell, Metherall and many more.

Early Notables of the Wetherall family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Wetherall family to Ireland

Some of the Wetherall family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Wetherall migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wetherall Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas and Henry Wetherall, who settled in Virginia in 1774
Wetherall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • L Wetherall, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [4]

Australia Wetherall migration to Australia +

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

Wetherall Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Wetherall, aged 18, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Europa" [5]
  • Robert Wetherall, aged 11, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Europa" [5]
  • Eliza Wetherall, aged 19, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Europa" [5]
  • Augusta Wetherall, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Violet"

New Zealand Wetherall 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:

Wetherall Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • A. R. Wetherall, aged 22, a farmer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoebe" in 1843
  • Edward Wetherall, aged 19, a farmer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoebe" in 1843
  • Miss Janet Wetherall, (b. 1840), aged 24, British domestic servant travelling aboard the ship "Amoor" arriving in Lyttleton, South Island, New Zealand on 1st July 1864 [6]
  • Miss Euphemia Wetherall, (b. 1843), aged 21, British domestic servant travelling aboard the ship "Amoor" arriving in Lyttleton, South Island, New Zealand on 1st July 1864 [6]
  • Mr. William Wetherall, (b. 1844), aged 20, British ploughman travelling aboard the ship "Amoor" arriving in Lyttleton, South Island, New Zealand on 1st July 1864 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Wetherall (post 1700) +

  • David James Wetherall, American engineer from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, named Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 2013
  • David Wetherall (b. 1971), English former footballer from Sheffield, England who played as a central defender for Bradford City in 2003 and 2007
  • Sir Charles Wetherall (1770-1846), English politician and lawyer, third son of Nathan Wetherell (1726–1807), Dean of Hereford and Master of University College, Oxford
  • Jack Wetherall (b. 1950), Canadian actor, best known for his supporting role as Vic Grassi on the television series Queer as Folk, and for his starring roles at the Statford Festival, Canada
  • Lieutenant-General Sir Harry Edward de Robillard Wetherall KBE, CB, DSO, MC (1889-1979), British General, Commanding Officer of 4th Battalion Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry in 1917, General Officer Commanding 11th African Division in Abyssinia in 1941
  • Frances Wetherall (b. 1952), British Olympic sprint canoer at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow
  • Rev. Canon Theodore Wetherall, Vicar of Huddersfield
  • General Sir George Augustus Wetherall (1788-1868), British General, the son of General Sir Frederick Augustus Wetherall
  • Sir Frederick Augustus Wetherall (1754-1842), British General, the son of John Wetherall who belonged to a family which migrated from Wetherall Priory, near Carlisle, to Ireland in the reign of William III [7]


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ South Australian Register Monday 14th May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Europa 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/europa1855.shtml
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 Jan. 2019


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