Wymark History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Wymark family

The surname Wymark was first found in the Saxon village of Weymouth in Dorset. The place name dates back to at least 934 when it was first listed as Waimouthe. Literally the place name means "mouth of the River Wey," an ancient English river name of unknown origin and meaning. [1]

An ancient sea-port and market-town, Weymouth and Melcombe-Regis, both towns are on opposite sides of the harbour. "Weymouth, which derives its name from its situation at the mouth of the river Wey, is the more ancient, and was probably known to the Romans, as in the immediate neighbourhood there are evident traces of a vicinal way. It is also noticed in the Norman survey, with several other places, under the common name of Wai, or Waia, among which it. is clearly identified by the mention of the salterns exclusively belonging to it." [2]

"This surname is derived from a geographical locality. 'of Weymouth,' a seaport and market-town in Dorset." [3] [4]

Early History of the Wymark family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wymark research. Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1219, 1510, 1600, 1558, 1455, 1487, 1585, 1612 and 1605 are included under the topic Early Wymark History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wymark Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wymarke, Wymark, Wimark, Wymarle, Wimarle, Wimarl, Wymarl, Wymerke, Wymer, Wimer, Wymarch and many more.

Early Notables of the Wymark family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include George Weymouth or Waymouth (c. 1585-c. 1612), an English explorer from Devon of the area now occupied by the state of Maine. "In 1605 Weymouth was put in command of the Archangel, a vessel fitted out for trade and discovery by the Earl of Southampton and Lord Arundell of Wardour. On the 14th they sighted Flores, and on 14 May made the land, described as 'a whitish, sandy cliff,' identified as Sankaty Head, the eastern extremity of Nantucket. On 18 May they arrived at an island now identified as Monhegan, eighty-four miles to the north-east from...
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Migration of the Wymark family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

Contemporary Notables of the name Wymark (post 1700) +

  • Olwen Wymark (b. 1932), American playwright
  • Patrick Wymark (1926-1970), English actor
  • Jane Wymark (b. 1952), English actress
  • William Wymark Jacobs (1863-1943), English author of short stories and novels

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

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