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

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Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Wapshott family name include Wappshot, Wapshott, Wapshot, Wopshot, Wopshott, Wapshatt, Woplott and many more.

First found in Surrey where the family historian claims they have held a family seat from the times of King Alfred, (890 A.D.,) the great Saxon King, who granted Reginald Wapshott, his armour bearer, the lands known as Almners Barns near Chertsey in that shire. This would make Wapshott one of the oldest recorded names in English history.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wapshott research. Another 209 words(15 lines of text) covering the year 1250 is included under the topic Early Wapshott History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Wapshott surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Wapshott Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Thomas Wapshott, who arrived in Maryland in 1672
  • Jane Wapshott settled in Barbados in 1674

Wapshott Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • James Wapshott landed in New York in 1774

Wapshott Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Harry Wapshott, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States, in 1917
  • Thomas Wapshott, aged 47, who landed in America from Carsta, Vancouver, in 1924
  • Clara Annie Wapshott, aged 56, who settled in America from Carsta, Vancouver, in 1924

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  • Nicholas Wapshott (b. 1952), British journalist and writer, editor of The Times Saturday edition as well as the founding editor of The Times Magazine


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The Wapshott Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wapshott 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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