Wackett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Wackett family

The surname Wackett was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Watchet, held by Dodman from William de Mohun, a Norman Baron, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Early History of the Wackett family

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Wackett Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Watchet, Wachet, Wachett, Watchit, Watchette, Watchitt, Wachitt, Wackett, Wackitt, Wackette, Wakette, Wakett, Washet, Washett, Washit and many more.

Early Notables of the Wackett family (pre 1700)

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United States Wackett migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wackett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Wackett, an emigrant in bondage, who arrived in America in 1754
  • Joseph Wackett, who settled in Virginia in 1765
Wackett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Wackett, who was on record in Philadelphia in 1872

Australia Wackett migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Wackett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Wackett, English convict who was convicted in Herefordshire, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Augusta Jessie" on 10th August 1838, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Wackett (post 1700) +

  • Byron F. Wackett, American member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
  • Lawrence P Wackett, American Professor of Biochemistry University of Minnesota
  • Peter Wackett (b. 1987), English professional rugby union player
  • Air Vice Marshal Ellis Charles Wackett (1901-1984), senior commander in the Royal Australian Air Force
  • Sir Lawrence James Wackett (1896-1982), Australian aviator, WWI pilot, received the Distinguished Flying Cross (September 1918), and founded the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (1936)


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retrieved 23rd August 2020, Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/augusta-jessie)


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