Wadtertone is one of the many new names that came to England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Wadtertone family lived in Lincolnshire
, at Waterton
Early Origins of the Wadtertone family
The surname Wadtertone was first found in Lincolnshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the manor of Waterton from the time of the Norman Conquest
in 1066. The now abandoned village dated back to the Domesday Book
where the lands and manor were held by Fulcric. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
While there can be doubt that Lincolnshire
is the original home of this illustrious family, we must look to Yorkshire
to see the family's true achievements. For it was here that Rayner de Waterton was Lord of the manor of Waterton about 1100, Sir Robert Waterton was Master of the Horse to Henry IV., and John Wateron served King Henry V. at Agincourt who served the same office where from this place. CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
An old ballad says "Waterton the banner bore, of famed St. George at Agincourt."
Early History of the Wadtertone family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wadtertone research.Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1460, 1360, 1425, 1340 and 1409 are included under the topic Early Wadtertone History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wadtertone Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Watterton, Wateton, Waterton, Watertown and others.
Early Notables of the Wadtertone family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Rayner de Waterton, Lord of the manor of Waterton; and Robert Waterton, (c.
1360-1425), the trusted servant of the House of Lancaster under three monarchs, Henry IV, Henry V, and... Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wadtertone Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wadtertone family to Ireland
Some of the Wadtertone family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 35 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wadtertone family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Wadtertone or a variant listed above were: J.D. Watertown who landed in New England
in 1650; Michael Waterton sailed to Maryland in 1665.
The Wadtertone 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: Better kinde frembd than frembd kyen
Motto Translation: Better a stranger who becomes a friend than a friend who becomes a stranger.