Early Origins of the Wadeham family
The surname Wadeham was first found in Devon
where the village and seat of the Wadhams was recorded as being held by Ulf in the taking of the Domesday Book
in 1086, who also held the lands before the Conquest. The Domesday Book
was a census of all England
commissioned by Duke William of Normandy
after his conquest of Britain. At this census Ulf, a Saxon, is recorded as holding from the King as a tenant
, the small village and farm holdings including 8 wild mares and 12 cattle. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Early History of the Wadeham family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wadeham research.Another 271 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1513, 1472, 1542, 1529, 1498, 1499, 1534, 1535, 1501, 1502, 1514, 1515, 1516, 1517, 1531, 1532, 1609, 1534, 1535, 1618, 1596, 1556, 1558 and 1645 are included under the topic Early Wadeham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wadeham Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Wadeham family name include Wadham, Wadhams, Waddams, Waddam, Woddom, Woddam, Wodham, Wodhams, Waddeham, Wadeham and many more.
Early Notables of the Wadeham family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Nicholas Wadham (c.
1472-1542) of Merifield, English politician, Member of the Parliament for Somerset
in 1529, High Sheriff
(1498-1499) and (1534-1535), High Sheriff
(1501-1502) and (1514-1515) and High Sheriff
(1516-1517); Nicholas Wadham (1531/1532-1609), English benefactor of... Another 126 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wadeham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wadeham family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Wadeham surname or a spelling variation of the name include: George Wadham who settled in Virginia in 1663; Richard Wadham settled in Barbados in 1685.