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Surname origins Location
Derived from the location where an ancestor originated

i+ii) 'Dweller near a road or path'
ii) Name of the village where the ancestors lived

Geographic origins i) Mainly Devon but also in Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Kent

ii) From the villages of Waye in Devon or Dorset
Language Old English
Sources i) Cottle, Basil, The Penguin Dictionary of Surnames (London: Penguin UK, 1967)

ii) Reaney & Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1958)
My line of the Way family can be traced back to Henry and Joan Way who lived in the Devon village of Poughill around the middle of the 18th century. A line of the family - agricultural labourers - moved to Thorverton where John Way married Ann Middleton in 1802.

Their granddaughter Mary Way - my great great grandmother - was born in 1837 in the neighbouring hamlet of Raddon. After working locally and in nearby Exeter as a servant she moved to London around the middle of the century where in 1866 she married William Clark in Lambeth. They lived in Lambeth and Southwark and had 5 (known) children.

Do you have a Way ancestor with a connection to one of the following places?

Poughill, Devon   1750-1800s
Raddon, Devon   1830-40s
Thorverton, Devon   1800-40s

Do you have any information on the following people?

John Way   b. 1773/74 (in Poughill, Devon)
John Way   b. 1802/03 (in Thorverton, Devon)

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