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Wafer Early Origins



The surname Wafer was first found in Herefordshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1273 when Simon le Waffrer held estates in that shire. This name is mentioned in both Piers Plowman and Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, two of the oldest literary works in the English language.

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Wafer Spelling Variations


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Wafer Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Wafer were recorded, including Wafer, Waffer, Waferer, Wafre, Wafrer, Wayfre, Wayfer, Wayferer, Wayford, Waford, Wauford and many more.

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Wafer Early History


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Wafer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wafer research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1640, 1705, 1695 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Wafer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wafer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wafer Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Lionel Wafer (1640-1705), a Welsh explorer, buccaneer and privateer; originally a ship's surgeon but joined Bartholomew Sharp, he later settled in...

Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wafer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wafer In Ireland


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Wafer In Ireland



Some of the Wafer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 123 words (9 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



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Wafer family emigrate to North America:

Wafer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Wafer, aged 27, arrived in Maryland in 1812

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wafer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wafer (post 1700)



  • Vakeaton Quamar "Von" Wafer (b. 1985), American professional basketball player

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Wafer Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    11. ...

    The Wafer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wafer 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 31 August 2016 at 06:54.

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