The name Waddingham reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Waddingham family as they migrated following the
of 1066. The Waddingham family lived in
where Gocelin Fitz Lambert was granted the lands of Wadingham by the Bishop of Bayeux.
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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Waddingham include Waddingham, Wadingham, Wadham and others.
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Waddinghams to arrive on North American shores:
Waddingham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Phillip Waddingham, who settled in Virginia in 1654