Wetherell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Wetherell family

The surname Wetherell 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 Wetherell family

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Wetherell Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Wetherell family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Wetherell family to Ireland

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

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wetherell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Wetherell, who settled in Charles Town in 1620
  • Sackford Wetherell, who settled in Virginia in 1624
  • Sackford Wetherell, who arrived in Virginia in 1624 [4]
  • William Wetherell, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1635 [4]
  • Thomas Wetherell, who landed in Maryland in 1648 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Wetherell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • S Wetherell, aged 31, who landed in Virginia in 1773 [4]
Wetherell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Wetherell, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1831 [4]

Canada Wetherell migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wetherell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Nathaniel Wetherell U.E., (Wetherall) who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 42 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [5]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Wetherell U.E., (Wetherall) who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 89 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [5]
  • Miss. Mary Wetherell D. U.E. (Wetherall) (b. 1783), aged 2 months who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 22 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [5]

Australia Wetherell migration to Australia +

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

Wetherell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Stephen H. Wetherell, aged 27, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Emily" [6]
  • Stephen H. Wetherell, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Emily" in 1849 [6]
  • Thomas Wetherell, aged 34, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Amazon" [7]

New Zealand Wetherell 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:

Wetherell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • A K Wetherell, who landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842
  • G Wetherell, who landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842

Contemporary Notables of the name Wetherell (post 1700) +

  • Walter D. "W.D." Wetherell (b. 1948), American writer
  • Joseph Wetherell (b. 1880), English footballer
  • Sir Charles Wetherell (1770-1846), English lawyer, politician and judge
  • Virginia Wetherell (b. 1943), English actress
  • Marmaduke Arundel "M.A." Wetherell, British actor, screenwriter and film director in the 1920s
  • The Hon. Ernest "Ern" Wetherell (1893-1969), Australian politician and a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly (1949 to 1965)
  • Gordon Wetherell (b. 1948), British diplomat, former Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Dr. Nathaniel Thomas Wetherell (1800-1875), British geologist and surgeon
  • Nathan Wetherell (1726-1808), Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University


  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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The EMILY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Emily.htm
  7. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) AMAZON 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/amazon1852.shtml


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