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A product of the ancient Brythonic Celts of Wales, the name Wadkins, is from the personal name Walter. The surname Wadkins is derived from the pet form Wat, which is supplemented by the common diminutive suffix -kin.

Wadkins Early Origins



The surname Wadkins was first found in Breconshire (Welsh: Sir Frycheiniog), a traditional county in southern Wales, which takes its name from the Welsh kingdom of Brycheiniog (5th-10th centuries), where they held a family seat at Pennoyre from ancient times and early in the eleventh century branched to Llangorse in that same shire.

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Wadkins Spelling Variations


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Wadkins Spelling Variations



Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Wadkins has seen various spelling variations: Watkins, Watkyns, Watkens, Watkin and others.

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Wadkins Early History


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Wadkins Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wadkins research. Another 169 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wadkins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wadkins Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wadkins Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Wadkins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wadkins In Ireland


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Wadkins In Ireland



Some of the Wadkins family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in search of land, work, and freedom. These immigrants greatly contributed to the rapid development of the new nations of Canada and the United States. They also added a rich and lasting cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Wadkins:

Wadkins Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Andrew Wadkins, who landed in Mississippi in 1798

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wadkins (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wadkins (post 1700)



  • Opaline Deveraux Wadkins (1912-2000), American academic who organized the first school to train black nurses in Oklahoma City and fought for desegregation of the College of Nursing at the University of Oklahoma, inducted into the Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame in 1993
  • Robert Edwin Wadkins (b. 1951), American professional PGA golfer, inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, younger brother of Lanny Wadkins
  • Jerry Lanston "Lanny" Wadkins Jr. (b. 1949), American professional PGA golfer who has won the Masters three times, inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2009, PGA Player of the Year in 1985

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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Pen-aur-y-chalon Wir
Motto Translation: A golden head and true heart.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Rowlands, John, John Rowlands and Sheila Rowlands. Welsh Family History: A Guide to Research. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1999. Print. (ISBN 080631620).
    7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
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    The Wadkins Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wadkins Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 8 April 2016 at 07:09.

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