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Wetherington Coat of Arms / Wetherington Family Crest

Wetherington Coat of Arms / Wetherington Family Crest

This surname of WETHERINGTON was a locational name 'of Withington' a spot in County Cheshire. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. Early records of the name mention Wudiandun (without surname) who was recorded in the year 737 in the County of Cheshire. Widindune (without surname) was listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086 and Geoffrey Widontone of Yorkshire appears in the year 1379. During the 17th century surnames were brought to Britain, North America and southern Africa by French Huguenot exiles. The Huguenots were French Protestants, and in 1572 large numbers of them were massacred in Paris on the orders of Queen Catherine de'Medici. Many of the survivors sought refuge in England and elsewhere. Although the Edict of Nantes (1598) officially guaranteed religious toleration, persecution continued, and the Edict was revoked by Louis XIV in 1685. It was then the trickle of emigration became a flood. Many migrated to England, while others joined groups of Dutch Protestants settling around the Cape of Good Hope. Others sailed across the Atlantic to establish themselves in North America. The origin of badges and emblems, are traced to the earliest times, although, Heraldry, in fact, cannot be traced later than the 12th century, or at furthest the 11th century. At first armorial bearings were probably like surnames and assumed by each warrior at his free will and pleasure, his object being to distinguish himself from others. It has long been a matter of doubt when bearing Coats of Arms first became hereditary. It is known that in the reign of Henry V (1413-1422), a proclamation was issued, prohibiting the use of heraldic ensigns to all who could not show an original and valid right, except those 'who had borne arms at Agincourt'. The College of Arms (founded in 1483) is the Royal corporation of heralds who record proved pedigrees and grant armorial bearings.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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