Early Origins of the Wetman family
The surname Wetman was first found in Westmorland
, where they held a family seat
on the English/Scottish border. After the Norman Conquest
many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north. The border became a convenient but turbulent no-man's land where the persecuted survived only by stealth. Many were given land by King Malcolm Canmore and later by King David of Scotland
. Some were native Scots. In the 16th century they became known as the 'unruly clans'. The name was first recorded in northern England
when Richard Weythman or Waitman held estates in that shire in 1223.
Early History of the Wetman family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wetman research.Another 230 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1437, 1566, 1279, 1576, 1630, 1621, 1625, 1626, 1702, 1759, 1741, 1798, 1740, 1706 and 1775 are included under the topic Early Wetman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wetman Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Waiteman, Waythman, Waithman, Watman, Whatman, Whateman, Waiteman, Weytman, Whatman, Watman, Whattman, Wattman, Wetman, Wettman, Whetman, Whettman, Wheatman, Weatman and many more.
Early Notables of the Wetman family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Thomas Whatman (1576-1630), English politician from Chichester, Sussex
, Member of Parliament for Chichester (1621-1625) and for Portsmouth in 1626.
James Whatman (1702-1759), the Elder, was a paper maker from Kent
, who made revolutionary advances to the craft in England
. His son, James Whatman the... Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wetman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wetman family to Ireland
Some of the Wetman family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 166 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wetman family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: settlers who were recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe to the New World. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, to Maine, to Florida, and to the Leeward islands..