Origins Available: English, Irish
England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Yorkshire, at Wadding.
Early Origins of the Waddan family
Yorkshire where they are "perhaps the patronymical form of the Anglo-Saxon Wade." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Waddan family
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Waddan Spelling Variations
spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Waddan has been recorded under many different variations, including Wadding, Wadden, Waddyng, Wading and others.
Early Notables of the Waddan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Waddan family to Ireland
Some of the Waddan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Waddan family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Waddans were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Margaret Wadden from County Wexford who settled in St. John's Newfoundland in 1878; John Wadden settled in Heart's Content in Newfoundland in 1871; his name was also spelled Waddon.
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