Origin of the Name Weston
The ancient history of the name Weston
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The name Weston is usually of English descent and is of locational origin, describing a person who lived near a settlement or who lived at the westerly part of a town or village. This name and its variants are found in many ancient records. An example of such is the reference to Godwinus de Westune in the year 1086 in the 'Domesday Book of Huntingdonshire' in the reign of William the Conqueror. Sir Richard Weston (1465–1541) was the Governor of Guernsey and Under-Treasurer of the Exchequer during the reign of King Henry VIII. His Great Great Grandson, Richard Weston (1591-1652), was an English canal builder and agricultural improver.
Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired land by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. It was by creating, maintaining and updating these reference books that they were able to maintain their authority and enforce laws.
The name Weston in Ireland is usually of Anglo-Norman origin and is found regularly in medieval Irish records. Many of the modern bearers of the name in Ulster and Leinster are more likely to have been brought into the country around the time of the Plantation of Ulster in the early part of the seventeenth century.
The Weston coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Weston descendants.