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Origins and History


New to Family History? Check out our Getting Started page. Check out House Of Names to investigate the origins of the Wait surname or get a copy of the Wait family Crest (a great gift idea!).

"WAIT, WATTE. From the Middle English tuaite, a watchman, sentinel, which again is from Old French wnite, a guard. Adam Wayt, witness in Aberbrothoc, 1312 (RAA., i, p. 289), and Thomas dictus Weyt, chaplain, Inverness, 1361 (REM., p. 305). Huchown the Wate, tacksman in Grenyng and Bankis in Marwek, 1492 (REO., p. 407). Thomas Waith was a witness in Kelso in 1505 (Kelso, 535). George Wait witnessed an instrument of sasine in 1525 (Home, 35), Robert Waitt is recorded in Stitchill in 1684 (StitchM, p. 97), and George Waitt in Manderstoun in 1665 (Lauder). "(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)


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Birth, Death and Marriage Records for the Wait Family Tree

Birth, Death and Marriage records are often the best method of making the links to the Wait Genealogy that will form part of your family tree. Although records vary from country to country, they are normally the most formal record of a person's relations. From the sources below you will be able to find a birth record and, from that, a birth certificate can be ordered which lists the names of the mother and father, taking you back another generation in your tree. A marriage certificate may also list the names of the respective fathers of the bride and groom which may then help you to find them earlier in life on a census record enabling you to fill out more detail in the Wait family tree.

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Some Famous People with the surname of Wait

Wikipedia John Turner Wait (August 27, 1811 ? April 21, 1899) was a U.
Wikipedia Lea Wait is an American author of historical novels, many set in 19th century Maine.
Wikipedia Benjamin Wait (September 7, 1813 - November 9, 1895) was a Canadian businessman and author.