Weyms variations

Snip George WeymsMy 6th great grandfather, George Weyms, married 3 times in Simonburn, Northumberland.  So far I have found 6 offspring. These are his three wives:

  • 1761: Margaret Rutherford (my 6th great grandmother)
  • 1770: Eleanor Dinning
  • 1782: Mary Charlton

This family seems to have provided a particular challenge to those poor clerks and ministers striving to make sense of their surname. Among the variations I have found so far are:

  • Weymes
  • Weyms
  • Weems
  • Weams
  • Wayman
  • Whemes
  • Weans
  • Weymiss
  • Wemyss

The latter variation makes me curious as to whether the family may have originated in Wemyss in Fife, Scotland.



Scottish Post Office Directories is another useful offering from the National Library of Scotland which can help those of us with genealogy interests north of the border. An interesting collection of digitised directories ranging from 1773 to 1911.