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The name Wharry 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, England, on the River Axe, south of the Mendip Hills. And in the US: Weare, New Hampshire; and Weare Township, Michigan are listed.

Wharry Early Origins



The surname Wharry 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 Somerset 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.

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Wharry Spelling Variations


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Wharry Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Were, Where, Wear, Wears, Weare and others.

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Wharry Early History


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Wharry Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wharry research. Another 269 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1600, and 1700 are included under the topic Early Wharry History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wharry Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wharry Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Wharry Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wharry In Ireland


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Wharry In Ireland



Some of the Wharry family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 130 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wharry (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wharry (post 1700)



  • Evans Wharry, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Herkimer County, 1800-01, 1803-05
  • Allison Wharry, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 2008
  • Olive Wharry (1886-1947), English artist, arsonist and suffragist, imprisoned for burning down the tea pavilion at Kew Gardens in 1913

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Motto


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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: Fuimus
Motto Translation: God and my country.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    4. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    6. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Wharry Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wharry Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 7 January 2016 at 11:42.

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