Show ContentsWeyant History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Weyant is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in Dorset where Roger de Waie was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1194. Later William Waye was recorded in 1236 and Richard de la Weye was found in Devon in 1249.

In Cambridgeshire, John ate Wey was recorded in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1279. The name literally means "dweller by the road (OE weg) or at a place called Atteweye, the name in 1306 of Way in Thorverton (Devon), or at Atway (Devon)." [1]

The same source notes the family could have originated at Waye (Devon, Dorset.) [1]

Early Origins of the Weyant family

The surname Weyant was first found in Dorset. The aforementioned Hundredorum Rolls also included Thomas de la Weye, Kent. [2]

"The name is found in North Devon, temp. Henry VII.; and in that district the termination way is of frequent occurrence in the names of farms, homesteads, and the like, without any reference to, or connection with, roads. The mullets hauriant [(fish swimming)] in the arms of one family have been supposed to be allusive to the river Wey, co. Dorset, in which mullets are abundant. Ate-Wey is one of the forms in Hundredorum Rolls. It may be an old baptismal designation, as Wege or Weghe is found in Domesday Book as the name of a tenant anterior to the Survey." [3]

Early History of the Weyant family

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Weyant Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Weyant are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. 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. The variations of the name Weyant include: Way, Waye, Wey, Whey, Weigh, Weghe and others.

Early Notables of the Weyant family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: William Wey or Way (1407?-1476), an English traveller and author, born in Devonshire apparently in 1407, was educated at Oxford. In 1430, he became fellow of...
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Weyant Ranking

In the United States, the name Weyant is the 10,961st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [4]

Ireland Migration of the Weyant family to Ireland

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United States Weyant migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Weyant or a variant listed above:

Weyant Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johan Martin Weyant, who landed in New York in 1709 [5]
  • Johannes Weyant, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752 [5]
  • Jacob Weyant, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754 [5]
Weyant Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Margareta Weyant, aged 42, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Harrison Weyant, aged 49, who immigrated to the United States, in 1919
  • William H. Weyant, aged 49, who landed in America, in 1919
  • William Weyant, aged 53, who settled in America, in 1923

Contemporary Notables of the name Weyant (post 1700) +

  • Chuck Weyant (1923-2017), American racecar driver who competed from 1952 through 1959; at the time of his death, he was the oldest living Indianapolis 500 veteran
  • John P. Weyant (b. 1947), American research professor of management science and engineering at Stanford University
  • William S. Weyant, American meteorologist in charge with the winter party at Little America V in 1958, eponym of Mount Weyant, Antarctica
  • Dode Weyant (1930-2007), American editor, known for his work on Prince of Darkness (1987), Shocker (1989) and Bat*21 (1988)
  • Stephanie Weyant, American actress, known for her work on The Kingdom (2007), Middle Men (2009) and Predatory Instinct (2011)
  • Carl Weyant (b. 1983), American actor, producer, model and musician, known for Karma: Crime. Passion. Reincarnation (2008), Dedd Brothers (2009) and The Terrorist (2016)
  • Carlucci Weyant (b. 1983), American actor and producer

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  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  5. 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) on Facebook