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From the historical and enchanting region of Scotland emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Wight family. Originally, the Scottish people were known only by a single name. Scottish surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name Wight is a nickname type of surname for a pale or fair haired person. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word "hwit," meaning "white."

Wight Early Origins



The surname Wight was first found in at Coldingham, a village in Berwickshire an ancient county of Scotland, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland, where "Uuiaett Hwite" witnessed King Eadgar's charter of Coldingham, sometime between the years 1097 and 1107. It appears the name may have actually predated the Norman invasion as Old English personal names such as "Huita, Huuita, Hwita" are known to have predated 1066. One Old English charter dated before 925 (the Cartularium Saxonica), there is a "Wulfnoo hwita" listed. Whyte was also used as an Anglicized form of the Gaelic MacGhillebhain. By the mid 12th century, however, most of the bearers of this name in Scotland were of Norman descent. They held a family seat from very early times.

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Wight Spelling Variations


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Wight Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: White, Whyte, Wight and others.

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Wight Early History


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Wight Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wight research. Another 339 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1236, 1376, 1426, and 1658 are included under the topic Early Wight History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wight Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wight Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Wight In Ireland


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Wight In Ireland



Some of the Wight family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 110 words (8 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:

Wight Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Hannah Wight, who arrived at Watertown, Massachusetts in 1635-1636
  • Thomas Wight, who landed in Dedham, Massachusetts in 1639
  • Henry Wight, who arrived in New England in 1647
  • Marke Wight, who landed in Virginia in 1650

Wight Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edward John Wight, age 17, who came to Maryland in 1735
  • Elizabeth Wight, aged 21, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775

Wight Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Walter Wight, aged 49, arrived in New York in 1812
  • George Wight, who landed in New York in 1820
  • Matthew Wight, who arrived in New York in 1820

Wight Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • David Wight, aged 24, a carpenter, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Mary Wight, aged 27, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Isabella Wight, aged 8 months, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • David Wight landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1844

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wight (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wight (post 1700)



  • Paul Wight (b. 1972), American actor, known for his roles in WWE Smackdown! (1999), WWF Raw (1993) and The Waterboy (1998)
  • Jason Wight (b. 1979), American gold medalist beach volleyball player
  • Pearl Wight, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1908; Member of Republican National Committee from Louisiana, 1908
  • Ira E. Wight Jr., American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1956
  • Fred W. Wight, American politician, U.S. Collector of Customs, 1909
  • Emerson Wight (1815-1890), American Republican politician, Mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts, 1875-78
  • Charles L. Wight, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Mahukona, 1882-95
  • Charles H. Wight, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 11th District, 1904
  • Amherst Wight Jr., American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Westchester County 2nd District, 1873-74
  • A. W. Wight, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1900
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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: Labore parta
Motto Translation: Acquired by work.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    2. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    5. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    11. ...

    The Wight Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wight 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 17 September 2016 at 16:48.

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