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About the study
As I researched my own family line, it became apparent that the name was quite localised, at which point I began to consider undertaking a one-name study. At the time of joining the Guild - Sep 06 - my information was primarily limited to England & Scotland but this has expanded as my research continues, hopefully with input from those of you Weatherstones still out there.
Jan 07: Input received from British Columbia, Canada and Tasmania, so a big thank you to those individuals.
July 07: Contact from Australia, identifying a Weatherstone emmigration from North Shields in 1913.
2009: Evidence of the name found in China with 2 births in the 1870s.
2010: Further progress on the China connection with help from Hugh D, a descendant of a prominent Berwick based line of Weatherstons'. Research is continuing in 2011.
2011: More progress on the 'Brewing' Weatherstones incl. the Lord of the Manor of Chiswick Circa 1770
The others are Weatherson, Wetherston & Wetherstone.
The earliest recorded entry I have found is for a marriage in 1604 in Newcastle
Historical occurrences of the name
Sir Dennis Weatherstone 1931-2008 Chief Executive of JP Morgan 1990-1994 and a Board Member of the New York Stock Exchange
Distribution of the name
In 1881 the representation in the 'Borders' region of the UK can be found in Berwick, Roxborough, Peebles, Selkirk & Dumfries and Northumberland.
Further afield, Durham & Midlothian are worth mentioning as is the natural migration to London.
English Birth data from BMD from 1837 -1881. Marriages & death data analysis under construction
IGI Birth data for Northumberland, Berwickshire & Roxburghshire