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Waddink is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Waddink family lived in Yorkshire, at Wadding.

Early Origins of the Waddink family

The surname Waddink was first found in Yorkshire where they are "perhaps the patronymical form of the Anglo-Saxon Wade." [1]

Early History of the Waddink family

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Waddink Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Wadding, Wadden, Waddyng, Wading and others.

Early Notables of the Waddink family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Waddink family to Ireland

Some of the Waddink family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Waddink family

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Waddink or a variant listed above: 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.

  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print. on Facebook