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About the Westerby surname

The ancestors of the name Westerby date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in Westby, a small village in Lincolnshire. The name was also found in Lancashire and West Yorkshire. The place name Westby comes from the Old Norse words vestr, or "west," and býr, meaning "a settlement." The surname Westerby was first found in Lancashire. "The family assert a Saxon descent, and say that they were settled in the hundred of Amounderness, in that county, before the Conquest; but the first member of the family mentioned in the pedigree is Gilbert de Westby, sheriff of Lancashire in 1238." [1]

We will not discount this reference's claim but wish to advise the reader that the Assize Rolls of Lincolnshire does list William de Westebi in 1219.

The Domesday Book of 1086 lists the place name as Westbi. The township of Medlar with Wesham in the parish of Kirkham was home to early members of the family. "On the dissolution of monasteries, the land seems to have been granted or sold to the family of Westby; in the reign of Philip and Mary, William Westbye held 'Medlarghe,' 'Wessham,' and other property in this quarter, and his descendants long continued to reside at Mowbrick Hall, now a farmhouse." [4]

Westerby Spelling Variations

Many variations of the name Westerby have been found, including Westby, Westerby, Westbee, Westbie and others.

Westerby Settlers in United States Francis Westerby, who landed in Maryland in 1674 Mary Westerby, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 Contemporary Notables of the name Westerby (post 1700)+ Susan Westerby, American actress, known for The Dark Crystal (1982), The Telebugs (1986) and Ningyo no mori (1991) Amy Westerby, American actress, known for On the Way Home (1992) and The Singles Ward (2002) Robert Westerby (1909-1968), American novelist and screenwriter for films and television

The Westerby Motto

Motto: Nec volenti nec volanti Motto Translation: Neither wishing nor flying.