Wetton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Wetton family

The surname Wetton was first found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held lands.

Early History of the Wetton family

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Wetton Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Wetton are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Wetton include Wettyn, Wetney, Wettyng, Wetting, Wettning, Wetning, Wetnang and many more.

Early Notables of the Wetton family (pre 1700)

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United States Wetton migration to the United States +

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Wetton, or a variant listed above:

Wetton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • C Wetton, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]

Australia Wetton migration to Australia +

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

Wetton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Wetton, (b. 1814), aged 17, English wheel wright who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for life for stealing, transported aboard the "Exmouth" on 3rd March 1831, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he was executed in 1840 [2]
  • Mr. Charles Wetton, English convict who was convicted in Derby, Derbyshire, England for 15 years, transported aboard the "Eden" on 8th July 1840, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]

West Indies Wetton migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [4]
Wetton Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • John Wetton, who landed in Jamaica in 1682 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Wetton (post 1700) +

  • Ralph Wetton (1927-2017), English professional footballer
  • John Kenneth Wetton (1949-2017), English singer, bassist, and songwriter, probably best known for his stints with King Crimson, Roxy Music/Bryan Ferry, Uriah Heep, and Wishbone Ash

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th May 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/exmouth
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th October 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/eden
  4. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies

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