Wheadon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Wheadon family

The surname Wheadon was first found in the Saxon village of Weymouth in Dorset. The place name dates back to at least 934 when it was first listed as Waimouthe. Literally the place name means "mouth of the River Wey," an ancient English river name of unknown origin and meaning. [1]

An ancient sea-port and market-town, Weymouth and Melcombe-Regis, both towns are on opposite sides of the harbour. "Weymouth, which derives its name from its situation at the mouth of the river Wey, is the more ancient, and was probably known to the Romans, as in the immediate neighbourhood there are evident traces of a vicinal way. It is also noticed in the Norman survey, with several other places, under the common name of Wai, or Waia, among which it. is clearly identified by the mention of the salterns exclusively belonging to it." [2]

"This surname is derived from a geographical locality. 'of Weymouth,' a seaport and market-town in Dorset." [3] [4]

Early History of the Wheadon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wheadon research. Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1219, 1510, 1600, 1558, 1455, 1487, 1585, 1612 and 1605 are included under the topic Early Wheadon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wheadon Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wymarke, Wymark, Wimark, Wymarle, Wimarle, Wimarl, Wymarl, Wymerke, Wymer, Wimer, Wymarch and many more.

Early Notables of the Wheadon family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include George Weymouth or Waymouth (c. 1585-c. 1612), an English explorer from Devon of the area now occupied by the state of Maine. "In 1605 Weymouth was put in command of the Archangel, a vessel fitted out for trade and discovery by the Earl of Southampton and Lord Arundell of Wardour. On the 14th they sighted Flores, and on 14 May made the land, described as 'a whitish, sandy cliff,' identified as Sankaty Head, the eastern extremity of Nantucket. On 18 May they arrived at an island now identified as Monhegan, eighty-four miles to the north-east from...
Another 153 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wheadon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Wheadon migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wheadon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Phillip Wheadon, who arrived in Virginia in 1722 [5]

Australia Wheadon migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Wheadon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Charles Wheadon, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "John Banks" [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Wheadon (post 1700) +

  • David Wheadon, former Australian rules footballer who played for Collingwood (1968-1970)

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Edward H. Wheadon (d. 1912), aged 66, English Second Class passenger from Guernsey, Channel Islands who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [7]


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 30th May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) John Banks 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/johnbanks1855.shtml
  7. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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