Wakemynd History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Wakemynd family
The surname Wakemynd was first found in Devon where they were mentioned as men of great influence in the Church and public affairs. Traditionally, the Wakeman, in the ancient Saxon village before the Norman Conquest in 1066, was a man who sounded the horn during the evening to mark the time when criminal offences took on a greater penalty. The Wakeman of Ripon, Yorkshire has blown his horn faithfully every day at 9:00pm at the four corners of the obelisk in Ripon Market since 886. This "Setting the Watch" tradition is further shown by having the horn on the Arms of Ripon and again appearing on the Harrogate borough coat of arms.
Important Dates for the Wakemynd family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wakemynd research. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1549, 1688, 1592, 1659, 1662 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Wakemynd History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wakemynd Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Wakemynd are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. 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. The variations of the name Wakemynd include: Wakeman, Wakman, Wakeham, Waikham and others.
Early Notables of the Wakemynd family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: John Wakeman (died 1549) an English Benedictine, the last Abbot of Tewkesbury and first Bishop of Gloucester; Sir George Wakeman (died 1688), English royal physician to Catherine of Braganza, Consort of Charles II of England; and John Wakeman, Bishop of Gloucester. He was the son of Edward Wakeman (1592-1659) of the Inner Temple. "George Wakeman, who was a zealous Roman Catholic, was educated...
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Migration of the Wakemynd family
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Wakemynd or a variant listed above: John Wakeham settled in Salvage, Newfoundland in 1681; three brothers Wakeham, Jim, John and Ben settled in St John's, Newfoundland; Samuel and Elizabeth Wakeman settled in Nantasket, Massachusetts in 1631.
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