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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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Today in the United States, there are two towns listed: Weatherby, Missouri; and Weatherby Lake, Missouri

Wetherby Early Origins



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. 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. 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". Local folklore has it that when heavy snow storms hit the county, Wetherby does not get as much because the "Weather Goes By."

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Wetherby Spelling Variations


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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.

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Wetherby Early History


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Wetherby Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wetherby research. Another 171 words (12 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.

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Wetherby Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wetherby Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

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

Wetherby Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Samuel Wetherby, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wetherby (post 1700)


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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

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Suggested Readings for the name Wetherby


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Suggested Readings for the name Wetherby



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

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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  3. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  5. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  8. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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The Wetherby Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wetherby Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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