Whately is a name that came to England
in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Whately family lived in Somerset
, at the village of Whatley.
Early Origins of the Whately family
The surname Whately was first found in Somerset
in the village and manor of Whatley near Frome, where they are conjecturally believed to be descended from the possessor of those lands, at the taking of the Domesday Survey
in 1086, John the Usher, from Glastonbury Abbey. The Wheatley variant can be found throughout England
, specifically: Wheatley, Oxfordshire; Wheatley Lane in Lancashire; and North and South Wheatley in Nottinghamshire
. The two latter villages are listed in the Domesday Book
as Watelei and Wateleie. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Literally, Wheately means "clearing where wheat is grown," from the Old English "hwaete" + "leah." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Whately family
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Whately Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Whately have been found, including Whatley, Whatly, Whately, Wheatley, Whetly, Whettell and many more.
Early Notables of the Whately family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Whately family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Whately were among those contributors:
Whately Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Richard Whately, who settled in Barbados in 1670
Contemporary Notables of the name Whately (post 1700)
- Richard Whately (1787-1863), English scholar and prelate
- Kevin Whately (b. 1951), English actor
- Thomas Whately (1726-1772), British politician, Secretary to the Treasury under Lord Grenville