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.
Early Origins of the Wadkins family
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.
Early History of the Wadkins family
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Wadkins Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Wadkins family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wadkins family to Ireland
Some of the Wadkins family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Wadkins family to the New World and Oceana
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
Contemporary Notables of the name Wadkins (post 1700)
The Wadkins 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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