Show ContentsWaddington History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Waddington reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Waddington family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Waddington family lived in Yorkshire, at Wadding. This was a local name, derived from the place-name Wadding. In general, local names were adopted by families when they moved to another area. This distinguished them from other people that had the same name. As people began moving closer together, it became more important to be able to identify people from one another.

Early Origins of the Waddington family

The surname Waddington was first found in Yorkshire where they were Lords of the manor of Waddington, a village and parish near Clitheroe. "It is natural to find the name crossing the border into Lancashire. This surname has ramified very strongly in the Northern counties." [1] Indeed another source claims the family did in fact originate in Lancashire: "The Waddingtons, who are also established in Lancashire, have their principal home in the West Riding, where occur a village and a seat of the name." [2]

One of the first records of the family was Nicholas de Waddington, rector of the church of St. Elphin, Warrington, Lancashire in 1351. [3] The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 lists: Laurencius de Wadyngton; and Johannes de Wadyngton. [1]

Early History of the Waddington family

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Waddington Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Waddington include Waddington, Waddleton, Waddingworth and others.

Early Notables of the Waddington family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Edward Waddington (1670?-1731), English divine, Bishop of Chichester, born in London in 1670 or 1671. "He was educated at Eton College, and was admitted a scholar of King's College, Cambridge, on 30 June 1687. On 11 Oct. 1724 he was...
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Waddington Ranking

In the United States, the name Waddington is the 13,134th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [4]

Ireland Migration of the Waddington family to Ireland

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United States Waddington migration to the United States +

In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Waddingtons to arrive on North American shores:

Waddington Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Hannah Waddington who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Hanna Waddington, aged 16, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [5]
  • Miss Hanna Waddington, (b. 1619), aged 16, British settler traveling aboard the ship "Safety" arriving in Virginia in 1635 [6]
  • Hannah Waddington, who arrived in Virginia in 1636 [5]
  • Ralph Waddington, who landed in Virginia in 1653 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Waddington Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joshua Waddington, who arrived in New York in 1785 [5]
  • Henry Waddington, who landed in New York in 1785 [5]
Waddington Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Waddington, who settled in New York in 1823
  • Mr. Waddington, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [5]

Canada Waddington migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Waddington Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Boris Waddington U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [7]
Waddington Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Sam Waddington, who arrived in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Australia Waddington migration to Australia +

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

Waddington Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Waddington, (b. 1788), aged 40, English joiner who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 14 years for returning from transport, transported aboard the "Eliza" on 25th June 1828, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1858 [8]
  • Mr. John Waddington, British Convict who was convicted in West Riding, Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Dunvegan Castle" on 13th March 1830, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [9]
  • Mr. Waddington Hanson, (b. 1788), aged 46, English convict who was convicted in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England for life for stealing, transported aboard the "Bengal Merchant" on 27th September 1834, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [10]
  • Thomas Waddington, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia [11]

New Zealand Waddington migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Waddington Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Waddington, aged 23, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arethusa" in 1879
Waddington Settlers in New Zealand in the 20th Century
  • Edward Waddington, aged 22, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926

Contemporary Notables of the name Waddington (post 1700) +

  • John Waddington, British co-founder of Waddingtons, a publisher of card and board games in the 19th century, later became a brand of Hasbro
  • John A. Waddington (1911-1981), American Democratic Party politician, New Jersey State Senator (1956-1968)
  • John Waddington (1810-1880), English Congregational divine, born at Leeds on 10 Dec. 1810, the son of George Waddington by his wife Elizabeth
  • Samuel Ferrand Waddington (1790-1812), English politician, born at Walkeringham in Nottinghamshire, educated at a German university
  • John Waddington, English musician best known as the guitarist for The Pop Group
  • John Ernest Walter Waddington (1910-1995), English cricketer who played for Essex in 1931
  • The Very Rev John Albert Henry Waddington MBE, TD, MA (1910-1994), English Provost of St Edmundsbury from 1958 to 1976
  • Abraham "Abe" Waddington (1893-1959), English professional cricketer for Yorkshire, who played in two Test matches for England
  • Sir David Charles Waddington (b. 1929), Baron Waddington, a Conservative English politician in the United Kingdom
  • Mr. Mark Waddington C.B.E., British Chief Executive Officer, for Hope and Homes for Children, was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Global Child Protection by Her Majesty The Queen [12]
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  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. ^ 'Townships: Scarisbrick', in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1907), pp. 265-276. British History Online [accessed 21 January 2017].
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  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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  7. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
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  9. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th August 2021). Retrieved from
  10. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th October 2020). Retrieved from
  11. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from
  12. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, on Facebook