Wetmore History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Wetmore family
The surname Wetmore was first found in Staffordshire where Whitmore is a parish in the union Newcastle-under-Lyme in the hundred of Pirehill and dates back to the Domesday Book  where it was listed as Witemore.
The name was derived from the Old English words hwit + mor which collectively mean "white moor or marsh" 
The parish has remained rather small in population as in 1873 it listed only 367 inhabitants. Whitmore Hall, is still standing today and was held by the Whitmore family until the 16th century when Alice Boghay, a Whitmore heiress married Edward Mainwaring of Biddulph. From then on, it passed to the Cavenagh-Mainwaring family who still hold the hall as a private residence today. It is important to now note the younger Shropshire branch of the family.
"This is a younger branch of an ancient family formerly seated at Whittimere or Whitmore, in the parish of Claverley, where it is traced to the reign of Henry III. " 
Early History of the Wetmore family
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Wetmore Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Whitmore, Whitmer, Whytemere, Whitemore, Whittimere, Whittimore and many more.
Early Notables of the Wetmore family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir William Whitmore (1572-1648), an English landowner and politician, Sheriff of Shropshire in 1620, he inherited Apley Hall, Shropshire on the death of his father in 1593; Sir Thomas Whitmore, 1st Baronet (1612-1653), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Bridgnorth in 1640; Sir William Whitmore, 2nd Baronet (1637-1699), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Bridgnorth in...
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In the United States, the name Wetmore is the 6,620th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. 
Migration of the Wetmore family to Ireland
Some of the Wetmore family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wetmore migration to the United States +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Wetmore Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Wetmore, who arrived in Connecticut in 1635 
Wetmore Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- James Wetmore, who landed in America in 1723 
Wetmore migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Wetmore Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. James Wetmore U.E. (b. 1727) born in Rye, New York, USA who settled in Portage Creek (Kingston Creek) c. 1783 then Hammond River, King’s County, New Brunswick. married to Elizabeth Abrahams having 12 children, he died in 1798 
- Mr. John Wetmore U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1784 
- Mr. Luther Wetmore U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1784 
- Rev. Robert Griffith Wetmore U.E. born in Westchester County, New York, USA who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1803 in Savannah, Georgia 
- Mr. Thomas Wetmore U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 
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Contemporary Notables of the name Wetmore (post 1700) +
- Ray Shuey Wetmore (1923-1951), American flying ace from Kerman, California, credited with 21.25 aerial victories during World War II
- William Shepard Wetmore (1801-1862), American Old China Trade merchant and philanthropist from New England
- Charles W. Wetmore, American business associate of Alexander McDougall's, American Steel Barge Company and associate of the Rockefeller family, eponym of the SS Charles W. Wetmore, a whaleback freighter
- Arnold Gordon Wetmore, American president emeritus of the Nazarene Theological Seminary
- George Peabody Wetmore (1846-1921), English-born, American politician, 37th Governor of Rhode Island (1885-1887), United States Senator from Rhode Island (1895-1913)
- Frank Alexander Wetmore (1886-1978), American ornithologist and avian paleontologist, the 6th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution
- James A. Wetmore (1863-1940), American lawyer and administrator, Acting Supervising Architect of the U.S. Office of the Supervising Architect from 1915 through 1933
- Raymond S. Wetmore, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 21¼ aerial victories
- Edward Ludlow Wetmore (1841-1922), Canadian judge and politician, 1st Chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan (1907-1917), Mayor of Fredericton, New Brunswick (1874-1876)
- James Stuart Wetmore or J. Stuart Wetmore (1915-1999), Canadian-born, U.S. Episcopal Bishop in New York
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Related Stories +
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
- ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
- ^ 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)
- ^ 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