name Wadd comes from the given name Wade. Wadd is a patronymic
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
. Many patronyms were formed when a son used his father's personal name
as a surname, while others came from the personal names of famous religious and secular figures. In this case, the surname would have come from the personal name of the father, or another ancestor of the bearer. Another derivation of this surname comes from the Old English word (ge)wæd,
which means to wade,
and would have been given to someone who lived near a ford.
Members of the Wadd family were in Durham
, at Hilton Castle, since the early Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Wadd family
The surname Wadd was first found in Durham
where they held a family seat
at Hilton Castle from very ancient times.
Early History of the Wadd family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wadd research.Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1608, 1568, 1536, 1673, 1748, 1745, 1666, 1718, 1683, 1685 and are included under the topic Early Wadd History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wadd Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Wadd were recorded, including Wade, Waide, Waid and others.
Early Notables of the Wadd family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Armigil Wade or Waad (d. 1568), 'the English Columbus,' stated on the inscription of his tombstone, composed by his son, Sir William. He is said to have sprung from an ancient Yorkshire
family. "He is said to have been born at Kilnsey, near... Another 277 words (20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wadd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wadd family to Ireland
Some of the Wadd family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 50 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wadd family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Wadd family emigrate to North America:
Wadd Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Anne Wadd, aged 15, who arrived in New England in 1637 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Contemporary Notables of the name Wadd (post 1700)
- William Wadd (1776-1829), English surgeon, the eldest son of Solomon Wadd, a surgeon, who lived and practised for more than half a century in Basinghall Street, London
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- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)