Early Origins of the Wayfre family
The surname Wayfre was first found in Herefordshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1273 when Simon le Waffrer held estates in that shire. This name is mentioned in both Piers Plowman and Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, two of the oldest literary works in the English language.
Early History of the Wayfre family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wayfre research.Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1640, 1705, 1695 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Wayfre History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wayfre Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Wayfre have been found, including Wafer, Waffer, Waferer, Wafre, Wafrer, Wayfre, Wayfer, Wayferer, Wayford, Waford, Wauford and many more.
Early Notables of the Wayfre family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Lionel Wafer (1640-1705), a Welsh
explorer, buccaneer and privateer; originally a ship's surgeon but joined Bartholomew Sharp, he later settled in... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wayfre Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wayfre family to Ireland
Some of the Wayfre family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 123 words (9 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 Wayfre family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Wayfre, or a variant listed above: settlers who were recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..