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Where did the English Waud family come from? What is the English Waud family crest and coat of arms? When did the Waud family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Waud family history?When the ancestors of the Waud family arrived in England following the Norman Conquest of 1066, they brought their name with them. It is a name for a guard having derived from the Old English word ward, meaning guardian or watchman.
Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Ward, Warde, Varde and others.
First found in Northampton, where they held a family seat from ancient times, and the first on record was Osbert de Varde of Givendale in the year 1130, who was a descendant of Fouques de Vardes of Normandy. His descendent Simon Ward was Governor of Pontefract Castle in 1324.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Waud research. Another 183 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1324, 1553, 1622, 1629, 1681, 1662 and 1681 are included under the topic Early Waud History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 85 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Waud Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Waud family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 127 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Waud or a variant listed above:
Waud Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Comme je fus
Motto Translation: As I was.
The Waud Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Waud 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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