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Spelling variations of this family name include: Wharton, Warton and others.

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 [1] 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." [2] 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." [3]


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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.

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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.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wharton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Phillip Wharton settled in Bermuda in 1635
  • Phillipp Wharton, aged 14, landed in Bermuda in 1635
  • George Wharton settled in Virginia in 1643
  • Edward Wharton, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1663
  • Ralph Wharton, who arrived in Maryland in 1667


Wharton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Gilbert Wharton, who landed in Barbados in 1701
  • Jane Wharton, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Thomas Wharton settled in Boston, in 1712
  • Thomas Wharton, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1712
  • Richard Wharton, who landed in Virginia in 1714


Wharton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • James Wharton, who arrived in Maryland in 1806
  • Robert Wharton, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • Joseph Wharton, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • George Wharton, who arrived in New Jersey in 1812

Wharton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Jonathan Wharton, English convict from Durham, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Richard Wharton, English convict from Hereford, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila

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  • Philip Fishbourne Wharton (1841-1880), American artist
  • John Franklin Wharton (1894-1977), American lawyer and founding partner of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • John Austin Wharton (1828-1865), American lawyer, plantation owner, and Confederate general during the American Civil War
  • John Austin Wharton (1806-1838), American statesman, lawyer and a soldier, Adjutant General at the Battle of San Jacinto
  • Joseph Wharton, American entrepreneur and industrialist who established the world’s first collegiate school of business at the University of Pennsylvania in 1881
  • Edith Newbold Wharton (1861-1937), American Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist
  • Vincent Neil Wharton (b. 1961), American vocalist and musician
  • Joseph Wharton (1826-1909), American merchant, industrialist, and philanthropist, founder of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and co-founded the Bethlehem Steel company
  • John Wharton (1765-1843), born John Hall-Stevenson, British landowner and politician who assumed the surname Wharton on succeeding to the fortune and estates of his aunt Mrs Margaret Wharton
  • Ken Wharton (b. 1950), English writer and former Royal Green Jackets soldier, best known for his books on the religious and political conflict in Northern Ireland known as The Troubles

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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.

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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

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  2. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  3. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  4. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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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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