Early Origins of the Wace family
The surname Wace was first found in Cornwall
where they held a family seat
. The name, taking many forms, predominated in Cornwall
before the Conquest, dating back to 1000 A,D, as Wasso, Wasce, Wazo, Gazo, Gasche, (all pronounced approximately the same) and in the next two centuries they proliferated along the south coast of England
, Cambridge and as far north as Lincolnshire
. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
in 1086, a census taken by Duke William of all his taxable estates, the name was represented by Robertus filius
Wazonis, a Latin version of the surname. The spelling of Gace is pronounced Wace, just as Guilliam is William.
Early History of the Wace family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wace research.Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1379, 1627 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Wace History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wace Spelling Variations
Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England
, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations
often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall
and the rest of England
. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic
language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Wace, Waison, Wayson, Wasson, Wash, Waze, Waize, Waice, Gaish, Gash, Gason, Gasson, Gaze, Ways, Wasso, Waso, Gace, Gaco, Wass and many more.
Early Notables of the Wace family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wace family to Ireland
Some of the Wace family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 89 words (6 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 Wace family to the New World and Oceana
Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Wace or a variant listed above: William Wasse, who arrived in Roanoke, VA in 1585; Christopher Wassey, who came to Maryland in 1663; Robert Wash, who came to Virginia sometime between 1663 and 1679.
Contemporary Notables of the name Wace (post 1700)
- Muriel Wace (1881-1968), who used the pseudonym Golden Gorse, English children's book author, best known for her Moorland Mousie (1929)
- Alan John Bayard Wace (1879-1957), English archaeologist
- Henry Wace (1853-1947), English amateur footballer who won the FA Cup in 1877 and 1878
- The Very Reverend Henry Wace (1836-1924), English Principal of King's College London and Dean of Canterbury (1903–1924)
- Nigel Morritt Wace (1929-2005), Australian botanist, authority on the plant life of the four Tristan da Cunha Islands
- Ian Gerald Patrick Wace, British born financier, co-founder of Marshall Wace Asset Management
- Robert Wace (1115-1183), Anglo-Norman poet
- Ernest William Cornish Wace, Indian Police in the Punjab