The founding heritage of the Whate family is in the Anglo-Saxon
culture that once dominated in Britain. The name Whate comes from when one of the family worked as a watchman. Whate is an occupational
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
surnames were derived from the primary activity of the bearer. In the Middle Ages, people did not generally live off of the fruits of their labor in a particular job. Rather, they performed a specialized task, as well as farming, for subsistence. Other occupational names were derived from an object associated with a particular activity. This surname comes from the Anglo-Norman-French word waite,
which means watch.
Waits or Waites were British town pipers. Up until 1835, every British town and city of note had a band of Waites and more often than not, they played and instrument called the Wait-pipe.
Early Origins of the Whate family
The surname Whate was first found in Cornwall
where they were Lords of the manor of Arwennick, and held a family seat
from very ancient times some say well before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Whate family
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Whate Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Whate has been spelled many different ways, including Waite, Wait, Wayte, Waits, Waight and others.
Early Notables of the Whate family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Whate family to Ireland
Some of the Whate 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.
Migration of the Whate family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Whates to arrive in North America: John Waite, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1630; another John Waite settled in New York with his wife and six children in 1775; Daniel Waite settled in West New Jersey in 1664.
The Whate 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: Pro aris et focis
Motto Translation: For our altars and our home.