Whedon 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 Whedon family lived in Buckinghamshire
, on Whielden Lane,
Amersham. Today Weedon is a village and also a civil parish within Aylesbury Vale district to the north of Aylesbury and south of Hardwick in Buckinghamshire.
Early Origins of the Whedon family
The surname Whedon was first found in Northamptonshire where they held a family seat
at two villages called Weedon Beck and Weedon Lois. They held these lands from the Count of Mortain, and were conjecturally descended from Hugh of Grand Mesnil in Normandy
. The poet, Dame
Edith Sitwell, is buried in the village.
Early History of the Whedon family
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Whedon 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 Whedon have been found, including Weedon, Weeden, Weeton, Weton, Wedon and others.
Early Notables of the Whedon family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Whedon 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 Whedon were among those contributors:
Whedon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Philip Whedon, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Whedon (post 1700)
- Thomas Avery "Tom" Whedon (1932-2016), American Primetime Emmy Award winning television screenwriter, known for his work on Captain Kangaroo (1955), The Golden Girls (1985) and The Electric Company (1971)
The Whedon 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 Translation: I Believe.