Wallerand Surname History

Wallerand is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. Wallerand is a name that comes from the Norman given name Waleran.

Early Origins of the Wallerand family

The surname Wallerand was first found in Devon where the name is believed to be descended from Waleran, the great Baron of Essex, Count of Meulan in Normandy.

The family was first found at Bradfield, in Uffculm as early as Henry III. "The original deed of transfer of Bradfelde from Fulke Paynel, Lord of Brampton, to one Walerande, an ancestor, temp. King John, is still in the possession of the family. It would appear that the family were resident there before the date of that grant, under the name De Bradfelle, in 1154; and that Waleran or Walrond was assumed early in the reign of King John." [1]

"For many years the Walronds, living at their venerable mansion of Bradfield, were a powerful family in Devonshire." [2] John Walerand was Warden of the City of London in 1265.

Robert Walerand (d. 1273), was an English judge, the son of William Walerand and Isabella, eldest daughter and coheiress of Hugh of Kilpeck. "The family claimed descent from Walerand the Huntsman of Domesday Book. Robert's brother John, rector of Clent in Worcestershire, was in 1265 made seneschal and given joint custody of the Tower of London. " [3]

Early History of the Wallerand family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wallerand research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1080, 1671, 1562, 1600 and 1670 are included under the topic Early Wallerand History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wallerand Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Walrond, Walerend, Walerond, Waleran and others.

Early Notables of the Wallerand family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Humphry Walrond, (1600?-1670?) a distinguished Loyalist during the Civil Wars of the 17th century. After the fall of the Royal Cause...
Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wallerand Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Wallerand family to Ireland

Some of the Wallerand family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Wallerand family

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Wallerand name or one of its variants: Thomas Walrond, who settled in Barbados in 1680 with his servants; Jonas Wallren arrived in Philadelphia in 1858.



  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print


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