Wadholm History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Wadholm family

The surname Wadholm 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. [1]

The church of St. Martin in the town of Liskeard, Cornwall "contains two inscriptions, recording two benefactions bequeathed for charitable purposes; and a memorial for Joseph Wadham, who died in 1707, who is described as the last of that family whose ancestors were the founders of Wadham College, Oxford." [2]

Early History of the Wadholm family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wadholm research. Another 136 words (10 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 Wadholm History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wadholm Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Wadholm has been recorded under many different variations, including Wadham, Wadhams, Waddams, Waddam, Woddom, Woddam, Wodham, Wodhams, Waddeham, Wadeham and many more.

Early Notables of the Wadholm 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 of Somerset and Dorset (1498-1499) and (1534-1535), High Sheriff of Devon (1501-1502) and (1514-1515) and High Sheriff of Wiltshire (1516-1517); Nicholas Wadham (1531/1532-1609), English benefactor of Wadham College, Oxford; and his wife, Dorothy Wadham (née Petre) (1534/1535-1618), his widow who carried through with her husband's wishes. Florence Wyndham (née Wadham) (died 1596) was the daughter of Sir John Wadham of Merifield and sister of...
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Migration of the Wadholm family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Wadholm or a variant listed above: George Wadham who settled in Virginia in 1663; Richard Wadham settled in Barbados in 1685.



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print


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