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Where did the English Wedding family come from? What is the English Wedding family crest and coat of arms? When did the Wedding family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Wedding family history?The name Wedding was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Wedding family lived in Yorkshire, at Wadding. This was a local name, derived from the place-name Wadding. In general, local names were adopted by families when they moved to another area. This distinguished them from other people that had the same name. As people began moving closer together, it became more important to be able to identify people from one another.
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Wedding are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Wedding include Waddington, Waddleton, Waddingworth and others.
First found in Yorkshire where they were Lords of the manor of Waddington, and held a family seat from early times, and granted lands by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wedding research. Another 176 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wedding History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Wedding Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Wedding family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 98 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Wedding, or a variant listed above: Hannah Waddington who settled in Virginia in 1635; John Waddleton settled in St. John's Newfoundland in 1789; Ralph Waddington settled in Virginia in 1653.
The Wedding Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wedding 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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