Wayne Surname Genealogy

Wayne originates frpm the Middle
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

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Wayne Ancestry

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
Atlantic to
Pennsylvania. His ancestry can be
Edwin Sellers’ 1927 book The English
Ancestry of the Wayne Famil

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
mayor of
Richmond in 1757. Mary Wayne was recorded as operating a beer
house near
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
(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;
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 norn Marion Morrison and had Irish roots going
back to county Antrim in the late 17th century.

Wayne Miscellany

If you would like to read more, click on the miscellany page for
further stories and accounts:

Wayne Names

Mad Anthony Wayne was
a fiery General of the American forces during the Revolutionary War.
, born Marion Morrison, was the well-known American actor.
was the alter ego of Batman in the Batman comics and films

Waynes 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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