Wayne Surname Meaning, History & Origin
English wain meaning a “cart” or
“wagon” with its roots in the Old English waegn
or waegen. The
constellation of the Plow was known in
the Middle Ages as Charles’s Wain.
surname may be either locational, describing a place-name, or
as a wagon-driver. Waghen near
Beverley in the East Riding of Yorkshire could be a candidate as the
Wayne Resources on
- General Anthony Wayne
Biography of Revolutionary War general Anthony Wayne.
England. Wayne is not a common
surname in England, with less than 300 recorded in the 1881
census. The main
focus for these Waynes has been the county of Derbyshire.
The name John Attenwayne was recorded in
Derbyshire in 1327 and Richard Wayne has been traced to Hertbill in
in the early 1400’s. From his line came Captain
Anthony Wayne, born on the Derbyshire/Yorkshire border, who
came to Ireland
in the 1680’s, settled in county Wicklow, and later crossed the
Pennsylvania. His ancestry can be
Edwin Sellers’ 1927 book The English
Ancestry of the Wayne Family.
Another Wayne line in Derbyshire began with
the birth of William Wayne in Brassington in 1731.
The Rev. William Wayne was vicar of Parwich
in the 1830’s. In nearby Yorkshire, Christopher Wayne served as
Richmond in 1757. Mary Wayne was recorded as operating a beer
Richmond in the early 1800’s.
America. Captain Anthony Wayne and his
family came from
Wicklow in Ireland to Chester county, Pennsylvania in 1724. General Anthony
Wayne (nicknamed Mad Anthony), his grandson, was a hero of the
Revolutionary War. Many places, such as
Fort Wayne in Indiana, were named after him.
General’s son Isaac was
a US Congressman from Chester county.
His descendants are still resident at the family home of Waynesboro.
Richard Wayne came from Yorkshire in 1759 to Charleston where
prospered as a merchant. He moved after
the Revolutionary War to Savannah. His
son James served as mayor of Savannah in 1817 and was a US Supreme
Court Justice in Washington until his death in 1867; while
grandson Richard served as the first elected mayor of Savannah for
four terms between 1844 and 1858.
There was a Wayne family in Georgia descended
from Preacher John Wayne of Hall county, Georgia in the early 1800’s. William Wayne and his wife Elizabeth lived in
the 1850’s in Shelbyville, Kentucky. The
son George, a soldier in the Civil War, later migrated west to
The actor John Wayne was born Marion Morrison and had Irish roots going back to county Antrim in the late 17th century.
Captain Anthony Wayne. Captain Anthony Wayne commanded a company of dragoons in King William’s campaign in Ireland against the deposed James II which
culminated in 1689 in the Battle of the Boyne. He was awarded
confiscated land in the Irish Pale near Rathdrum, situated in one of
valleys near where the mountains of central Wicklow rise.
that one of his reasons for moving to the New World was that he was
William III for not rewarding him more generously for his contributions
Boyne. The Dutch and German officers who participated in the
the Boyne were apparently better rewarded.
In 1722 Captain Wayne moved to
Pennsylvania with Dutch-born wife, Hannah Faulkner, eight of their nine
children, and Wayne’s close friend and fellow veteran John
Hunter. It is
speculated that Hannah was the daughter of one of the better-rewarded
officers. The ninth child, Isaac who stayed in England to finish
his education, joined
the family two years later.
The Wayne family moved to a 1,600
acre estate in Chester county in 1724. The brick home called Waynesboro is now a designated
historical site. Captain Wayne died
there in 1739.
Mad General Anthony Wayne. General Anthony Wayne, the son of Isaac Wayne, was said to have had a fiery
personality. His wild abandon and passionate military exploits
were the fuel
that fired legends.
in Pennsylvania in 1776 when the Continental Army was
formed. Wayne was able to raise a militia unit and became colonel of
regiment. He aided Benedict Arnold in an
unsuccessful invasion of Canada. He was
responsible for leading the distressed troops at Fort Ticonderoga. George Washington appointed him to lead an
attack on Stony Point, a lookout at the top of the Hudson river and
awarded him a medal over this momentous success.
Wayne Indiana was named for
him and numerous locales, businesses and events commemorate his memory
had gout and died in 1796 at the age of 51 from complications
related to the disease. When his son Isaac sent a one-horse sulky
to Erie to
bring his body back to the family home at Waynesboro,
they were unable to fit the corpse into the little sulky. The problem was solved by boiling the body
off the bones. The bones were saved to
be returned to Pennsylvania for internment there.
says that the bones
were lost in route. Every January 1st on
his birthday, his ghost wanders the highway looking for his lost bones.
Richard Wayne of Savannah. In 1759 Richard Wayne had emigrated from Yorkshire to Charleston where he became a successful merchant. In the 1770’s he had been a partner in the
retail firm of Wilson, Coram, Wayne and Company. During
the siege of Charleston in 1780 he had
served in the city garrison, but after the fall of the city he accepted a
military commission from the British.
At the end of the war the state legislature placed him on the banishment and
confiscation lists, but he was able to persuaded General Marion that he
as a spy inside the royal militia and relayed valued information to the
In 1789 he moved to Savannah and prospered as a merchant and
a plantation owner at Wayne Mountside and Wayne Hill.
He died in 1809. During his
lifetime he always claimed that he
was “of the same stock” as General Anthony Wayne.
Pauline Wayne. Pauline Wayne was a Holstein cow from Wisconsin that belonged to William Howard Taft, the 27th President of the United States. She replaced an earlier cow that
was not producing enough milk for Taft’s growing family. From
1910 to 1913, Miss Wayne freely grazed
the White House lawn and was the last presidential cow to live at the White House. She was considered as much a Taft
family pet as she was livestock.
in late 1914 Taft ordered her death by firing squad for
desecrating Taft’s favorite Iris garden.
Bruce Wayne aka Batman. Batman
is the secret identity of Bruce Wayne, an
industrialist, and philanthropist.
witnessed the murder of his parents
as a child, he swore revenge on criminals, an oath tempered with a sense of
justice. Wayne trained himself both physically and intellectually and dons a
bat-themed costume to fight crime.
operates in the fictional Gotham City,
assisted by various supporting characters including his crime-fighting
Robin and his butler Alfred Pennyworth. He fights a large assortment of villains. Unlike most superheroes, he does not possess
- Mad Anthony Wayne was a fiery General of the American forces during the Revolutionary War.
- John Wayne, born Marion Morrison, was the well-known American actor.
- Bruce Wayne was the alter ego of Batman in the Batman comics and films.
Wayne Numbers Today
- 1,000 in the UK (most numerous
in East Midlands)
- 4,000 in America (most numerous in California)
- 1,000 elsewhere (most numerous in Canada)
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