Witterbay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Witterbay was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Witterbay family lived at Wetherby in West Yorkshire, a market town and civil parish within the metropolitan borough of the City of Leeds. "The Saxon name of this town, whence the present is obviously deduced, was Wederbi, a term intended to designate its situation on a bend of the river Wharfe."  Today in the United States, there are two towns listed: Weatherby, Missouri; and Weatherby Lake, Missouri
Early Origins of the Witterbay family
The surname Witterbay was first found in West Yorkshire where one of the first records was of Ivo de Werreby in 1214; and Richard de Wetherby in 1302.  Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Robertas de Wethirby as living there at that time. 
Conjecturally the Wetherby family are descended from Ralph of Intwood, who held the lands and village of Intwood from Eudo, Steward to William the Conqueror. Intwood consisted of a church, a mill, nine horses, and thirty sheep, as recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086. 
Wetherby is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Wedrebi, thought to derive from wether- or ram-farm or else meaning "settlement on the bend of a river".  Local folklore has it that when heavy snow storms hit the county, Wetherby does not get as much because the "Weather Goes By."
Early History of the Witterbay family
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Witterbay Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Witterbay has been recorded under many different variations, including Wetherby, Weatherby, Wetherbie, Wetherbee, Witherby and many more.
Early Notables of the Witterbay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Witterbay family
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Witterbays were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: John Witherby (or Wetherby) who settled in Sudbury, Massachusetts in 1630; John Wetherbee settled in New York in 1820; Bartholomew Wethersbie settled in Virginia in 1616.
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