Wetherbee History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Wetherbee is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Wetherbee family lived at Wetherby in West Yorkshire, a market town and civil parish within the metropolitan borough of the City of Leeds. "The Saxon name of this town, whence the present is obviously deduced, was Wederbi, a term intended to designate its situation on a bend of the river Wharfe." [1] Today in the United States, there are two towns listed: Weatherby, Missouri; and Weatherby Lake, Missouri

Early Origins of the Wetherbee family

The surname Wetherbee was first found in West Yorkshire where one of the first records was of Ivo de Werreby in 1214; and Richard de Wetherby in 1302. [2] Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Robertas de Wethirby as living there at that time. [3]

Conjecturally the Wetherby family are descended from Ralph of Intwood, who held the lands and village of Intwood from Eudo, Steward to William the Conqueror. Intwood consisted of a church, a mill, nine horses, and thirty sheep, as recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086. [4]

Wetherby is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Wedrebi, thought to derive from wether- or ram-farm or else meaning "settlement on the bend of a river". [5] Local folklore has it that when heavy snow storms hit the county, Wetherby does not get as much because the "Weather Goes By."

Early History of the Wetherbee family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wetherbee research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 146 and 1461 are included under the topic Early Wetherbee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wetherbee Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Wetherby, Weatherby, Wetherbie, Wetherbee, Witherby and many more.

Early Notables of the Wetherbee family (pre 1700)

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United States Wetherbee migration to the United States +

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Wetherbee name or one of its variants:

Wetherbee Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Wetherbee, who settled in New York in 1820
  • C Wetherbee, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [6]
  • Miss Wetherbee, aged 18, who landed in America, in 1894
Wetherbee Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Garaner Wetherbee, who settled in America, in 1903
  • Mrs. Gardner Wetherbee, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Chas. L. Wetherbee, aged 59, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Mrs. T. E. Wetherbee, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Caroline B. Wetherbee, aged 36, who settled in America, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Wetherbee (post 1700) +

  • George Faulkner Wetherbee (1851-1920), American-born, English landscape painter
  • Fred "Fritz" Wetherbee (b. 1936), five-time Emmy award winning American writer and television host
  • Captain (USN, Ret.) James "Jim" Donald Wetherbee (b. 1952), American naval officer and former NASA astronaut with 6 shuttle missions and over 1,592 hours in space [7]
  • Henry Wetherbee Henshaw (1850-1930), American ornithologist


Suggested Readings for the name Wetherbee +

  • 3378 "The Wetherbee of Marlboro and Stow, Massachusetts" by Ethel Wetherbee Mazza.

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  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. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  5. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) James "Jim" Wetherbee. Retrieved from http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/wetherbe.html


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