Early Origins of the Whete family
The surname Whete was first found in Norfolk
, where the name appeared in the mid-12th century. The Whete name has several possible origins. The most obvious is that it is a metonymic occupational
name and that the first bearer was a wheat farmer. Another possibility is that it was originally a nickname
for someone who ate a lot of wheat or who bore some resemblance to wheat, perhaps in hair color. Still another possibility is that the name is completely unrelated to wheat, coming instead from the old English word hwoet, which meant active, bold or brave.
Early History of the Whete family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whete research.Another 190 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1157, 1180, 1249, 1327, 1484, 1563, 1667, 1721, 1690, 1695, 1708, 1721, 1717, 1721, 1693, 1746, 1722, 1727, 1721, 1633, 1746, 1846 and 1944 are included under the topic Early Whete History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Whete Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Wheat, Wheate, Whate, Weate, Weet, Wete and others.
Early Notables of the Whete family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Thomas Wheate, 1st Baronet
(1667-1721), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Woodstock (1690-1695) and (1708-1721), Storekeeper of the Ordnance (1717-1721.) His son, Sir Thomas Wheate, 2nd Baronet
(1693-1746) was also a politician, Member of Parliament for Woodstock (1722-1727.) Upon his father's... Another 124 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whete Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Whete family to Ireland
Some of the Whete family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 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 Whete family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Joshua Wheat, who arrived in New England
in 1635; at the young age of 17; as well as Moses Wheat, who arrived there seven years later, in 1642. Further North, in what was to become Canada, Solo Wheat arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760..