Last name origins & meanings:
- English: metonymic occupational name for a carter or cartwright,
from Middle English wain ‘cart’, ‘wagon’ (Old English
wægen). Occasionally it may have been a habitational name
for someone who lived at a house distinguished with this sign,
probably from the constellation of the Plow, known in the Middle Ages
as Charles’s Wain, the reference being to Charlemagne.
- Anthony Wayne and his son Isaac, of English ancestry, came from
Ireland to Chester Co., PA, in about 1724. Gen. Anthony Wayne (1745–96), born in Waynesboro, PA, was a prominent military officer in the American Revolution and the Indian war of 1794–95.
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