Origins Available: English
The name Wharray is derived from the Old English word "wer" which meant a "weir, dam, fishing-trap" In other words, the family were "dwellers by a dam" or "keepers of the fishing-weir," or fishermen. Today in Britain, Weare and Lower Weare are small villages in Somerset
, on the River Axe, south of the Mendip Hills. And in the US: Weare, New Hampshire; and Weare Township, Michigan are listed.
Early Origins of the Wharray family
The surname Wharray was first found in Devon
where one of the first records was Peter de la Were who was listed in a census in 1242 and John atte
Were was listed in a Somerset
census in 1332. Traditionally, this family derive from an ancient branch of the Giffards of Devon
and are not related to the Weir of Vere families. Some say, in early times before the 12th century, the Weare-Giffards of Brightly and Halsworthy took the name Weare and eventually dropped the Giffard portion of the name.
Early History of the Wharray family
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Wharray Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Wharray family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wharray family to Ireland
Some of the Wharray family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Wharray family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: J.C. Wear who settled in San Francisco Cal. in 1850; Robert Wear settled in New England
in 1718; William W. Wear settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1866.
The Wharray Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto Translation: God and my country.