Wharmby History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Wharmby family

The surname Wharmby was first found in Yorkshire where the first on record was Henry de Wermelai witnesses Humphrey de Bohun's charter to Farley Priory, Wilts; and Helias de Winelai the foundation charter of Kirkley Priory in Yorkshire. [1]

Another source claims the name is from "Wharmby, some small spot, seemingly in East Cheshire, in the vicinity of Stockport." [2]

This same source claims the name could be from "Querenby, now Quarnby, in the parish of Huddersfield, Yorkshire. [2]

In this latter case, the surname is conjecturally descended from the tenant of the lands of Quarmby, held by Ilbert de Lacy, a Norman Braon who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. [3]

One of the sources of confusion is that early records show Willelmus de Querenby in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 and Alexander de Quernby in East Cheshire in 1437.

Early History of the Wharmby family

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Wharmby Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wharmby, Warmby, Quarmby, Quarmbie, Warmbie, Wharmbee, Wharmbey, Warmbey, Warmley and many more.

Early Notables of the Wharmby family (pre 1700)

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United States Wharmby migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wharmby Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Lydia Wharmby, who arrived in Maryland in 1682 [4]

Australia Wharmby migration to Australia +

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

Wharmby Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Samuel Wharmby, English convict who was convicted in Chester, Cheshire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 18th June 1835, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Wharmby (post 1700) +

  • Tony Wharmby, American director, known for his work on NCIS (62 episodes)
  • Gordon Wharmby (1933-2002), British television actor, best known for the role of Wesley Pegden in the Britiah sitcom "Last of the Summer Wine"


  1. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 3 of 3
  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. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora


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