Early Origins of the Wadhan family
The surname Wadhan 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 Wadhan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wadhan 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 Wadhan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wadhan Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Wadhan has appeared include Wadham, Wadhams, Waddams, Waddam, Woddom, Woddam, Wodham, Wodhams, Waddeham, Wadeham and many more.
Early Notables of the Wadhan 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 Wadhan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wadhan family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Wadhan arrived in North America very early: George Wadham who settled in Virginia in 1663; Richard Wadham settled in Barbados in 1685.