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The name Wherry is derived from the Old English word "wer" which meant a "weir, dam, fishing-trap" In other words, the family were "dwellers by a dam" or "keepers of the fishing-weir," or fishermen. Today in Britain, Weare and Lower Weare are small villages in Somerset, England, on the River Axe, south of the Mendip Hills. And in the US: Weare, New Hampshire; and Weare Township, Michigan are listed.

Wherry Early Origins



The surname Wherry was first found in Devon where one of the first records was Peter de la Were who was listed in a census in 1242 and John atte Were was listed in a Somerset census in 1332. Traditionally, this family derive from an ancient branch of the Giffards of Devon and Somerset and are not related to the Weir of Vere families. Some say, in early times before the 12th century, the Weare-Giffards of Brightly and Halsworthy took the name Weare and eventually dropped the Giffard portion of the name.

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Wherry Spelling Variations


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Wherry Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Were, Where, Wear, Wears, Weare and others.

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Wherry Early History


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Wherry Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wherry research. Another 269 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1600, and 1700 are included under the topic Early Wherry History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wherry Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wherry Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Wherry Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wherry In Ireland


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Wherry In Ireland



Some of the Wherry family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 130 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wherry Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Wherry, who landed in Virginia in 1642

Wherry Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Wherry, aged 22, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry"
  • George Wherry arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry" in 1849

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wherry (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wherry (post 1700)



  • Samuel Wherry, American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 13th District, 1854-56
  • Otis C. Wherry, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1936 (alternate), 1944; Member of Illinois Democratic State Central Committee, 1943
  • Kenneth Spicer Wherry (1892-1951), American Republican politician,Member of Nebraska State Senate, 1929-31; Nebraska Republican State Chair, 1939-42; U.S. Senator from Nebraska, 1943-51; Speaker, Republican National Convention, 1948
  • Jesse Wherry, American politician, Member of Dakota territorial House of Representatives, 1863-64
  • Jack Wherry, American politician, Member of Iowa American Independent State Central Committee, 1971; American Independent Candidate for Presidential Elector for Iowa, 1972
  • Eli H. Wherry, American Republican politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Jackson County 6th District, 1925-26, 1929-30
  • Daniel E. Wherry, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Nebraska, 1975-77
  • Charles O. Wherry, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Brackenridge, Pennsylvania, 1916-22; Candidate for Pennsylvania State Senate 40th District, 1926

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Motto


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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: Fuimus
Motto Translation: God and my country.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    3. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Wherry Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wherry Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 25 November 2016 at 20:04.

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