Wistern is one of the many new names that came to England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Wistern family lived in Staffordshire
, at Weston-under-Lizard.
Early Origins of the Wistern family
The surname Wistern was first found in Staffordshire
where they held a family seat
at Weston-under-Lizard, having been granted lands as a tenant
in chief by William the Conqueror. Reginald Bailleul was from Bailleul-En-Gouffern at Orne, arrondisement of Argentan, in the canton of Trun, in Normandy.
The parish of Kelvedon in Essex was once a family seat. "Felix Hall, the seat of Lord Western, a handsome modern mansion with an elegant portico, is situated on an eminence surrounded by a park." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Wistern family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wistern research.Another 246 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1140, 1200, 1540, 1688, 1628, 1511, 1536, 1577, 1634, 1605, 1663, 1611, 1656, 1640, 1639, 1665, 1609, 1688, 1620, 1681, 1660, 1652, 1699, 1689, 1698, 1567 and 1573 are included under the topic Early Wistern History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wistern 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 Weston, Atgate and others.
Early Notables of the Wistern family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Weston, a 15th-century English merchant from Bristol who is believed to have been the first Englishman to lead an expedition to North America; Sir Francis Weston (1511-1536), English gentleman at the court of King Henry VIII of England
, charged with high treason... Another 107 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wistern Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wistern family to Ireland
Some of the Wistern family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 95 words (7 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 Wistern 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 Wistern or a variant listed above were: Francis and Lucy Weston, who settled in Virginia in 1630; Joe Weston settled in Barbados in 1635; Thomas Weston settled in Maine in 1623; William Weston settled in Virginia in 1623..