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Where did the English Waget family come from? What is the English Waget family crest and coat of arms? When did the Waget family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Waget family history?

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The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Waget has been spelled many different ways, including Waggott, Waggot, Wackett, Wacket, Waket, Wakett, Weggett, Wegget, Wegett and many more.

First found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor in that shire. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1273 when both Henry and Ralph Waket held estates and were shown on tax rolls.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Waget research. Another 188 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Waget History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Waget Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Wagets to arrive in North America: Thomas Wagget who set sail for Virginia on the "Thomas and John" in 1635; Edward Waggett, who arrived in Virginia in 1635; Thomas Waggatt arrived in Virginia in 1639.

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The Waget Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Waget Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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