Wetherby History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

When the ancestors of the Wetherby family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They 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 Wetherby family

The surname Wetherby 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 Wetherby family

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

Wetherby Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Wetherby have been found, including Wetherby, Weatherby, Wetherbie, Wetherbee, Witherby and many more.

Early Notables of the Wetherby family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Wetherby Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Wetherby migration to the United States +

For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Wetherby were among those contributors:

Wetherby Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Wetherby, who arrived in Maryland in 1675 [6]
Wetherby Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Captain Wetherby was an officer who served under Washington in July, 1778
Wetherby Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • O Wetherby, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [6]

Canada Wetherby migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wetherby Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Samuel Wetherby, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760

Contemporary Notables of the name Wetherby (post 1700) +

  • Jeffrey Barret "Jeff" Wetherby (b. 1963), American former Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Lawerence Winchester Wetherby (1908-1994), American politician, 48th Governor of Kentucky
  • Albert Gallatin Wetherby (1833-1902), American malacologist and mineralogist
  • Henry Wetherby Benchley (1822-1867), American politician

Suggested Readings for the name Wetherby +

  • 3378 "If Our Earthly House Dissolve; A Story of the Wetherby-Hagardon Family of Almond NY" by Helene C. Phelan.

  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)

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