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The surname Wharton was first found in towns and civil parishes in Westmorland, Cheshire or Lincolnshire named Wharton. The oldest local was in Cheshire where the place name was listed as Wanetune CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8) in the Domesday Book of 1086. Years later this village was to be known as Waverton in 1216. Literally the village probably meant "farmstead by a swaying tree," from the Old English "waefree" + "tun." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4) But we must look to Westmorland (now known as Cumbria) for Wharton, a civil parish near Kirkby Stephen in the Eden District for the oldest records of the surname. "The Hall, once a large quadrangular building with a tower at each angle, was the princely residence of Philip, the celebrated Duke of Wharton, and his ancestors, but is now occupied as a farmhouse. The estates and manorial rights of the Whartons are now possessed by the Earl of Lonsdale." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print. During the Dissolution of the Monasteries (1536-1541), the manor of Langdale in Westmorland was sold to the Wharton family.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Wharton, Warton and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wharton research. Another 351 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1731, 1545, 1407, 1420, 1407, 1420, 1495, 1568, 1520, 1572, 1555, 1625, 1588, 1622, 1614, 1622, 1615, 1684, 1613, 1696, 1614, 1673, 1676, 1670, 1617, 1681, 1664, 1695, 1613, 1696, 1648, 1715, 1698 and 1731 are included under the topic Early Wharton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Notable amongst the family at this time was John Wharton (fl.1407-1420), an English politician, Member of the Parliament for Guildford in 1407 and 1420; Thomas Wharton, 1st Baron Wharton ( c. 1495-1568); Thomas Wharton, 2nd Baron Wharton (1520-1572); Philip Wharton, 3rd Baron Wharton (1555-1625), an English peer; Sir Thomas Wharton (c 1588-1622)...
Another 117 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wharton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the Wharton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Wharton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Wharton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Wharton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Wharton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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: Generosus nascitur non fit
Motto Translation: The gentleman is born not made.
The Wharton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wharton 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.
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