The history of the Wheldon family name begins after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Northamptonshire, at Weldon.
Early Origins of the Wheldon family
The surname Wheldon was first found in Northamptonshire where they held a family seat
as Lords of the manor of Weldon, and are conjecturally descended from Robert de Bucy, a Norman Baron
who acquired Weldon, an ancient Roman villa, from Olaf, from King William for his assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
"The Tower, the manorial seat of the ancient family of Welton [in Northumberland], is fast going to decay; there are still remaining in tolerable preservation, two handsome rooms with Oriel windows. The Hall, an ancient mansion which, according to an inscription on the walls, was repaired in 1614, is still occupied." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Welton is also a village and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire which literally means "farmstead by a spring or stream." 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 Wheldon family
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Wheldon Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Weldon, Veldon, Velton and others.
Early Notables of the Wheldon family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wheldon family to Ireland
Some of the Wheldon family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 194 words (14 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 Wheldon family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Wheldon or a variant listed above were: William Weldon who settled in Virginia in 1619; another William Weldon who settled in Virginia in 1624; Ann Weldon settled in Fort Cumberland
, Nova Scotia in 1774 with her children, Andrew, Elizabeth, Thomas, and Ann.
Contemporary Notables of the name Wheldon (post 1700)
- George Frederick Wheldon (1869-1924), English sportsman
- Dame Juliet Louise Wheldon DCB (b. 1950), British civil servant, legal adviser to Mervyn King, the Governor of the Bank of England
- Dan Wheldon (1978-2011), British race car driver, 2005 Indy Racing League IndyCar Series champion and Indy 500 winner
- Sir Huw Pyrs Wheldon OBE MC (1916-1986), BBC broadcaster and executive
The Wheldon 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: Bene factum
Motto Translation: Benefits