Early Origins of the Waffyer family
The surname Waffyer 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.
Early History of the Waffyer family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Waffyer research.Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1640, 1705, 1695 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Waffyer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Waffyer Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Waffyer include Wafer, Waffer, Waferer, Wafre, Wafrer, Wayfre, Wayfer, Wayferer, Wayford, Waford, Wauford and many more.
Early Notables of the Waffyer family (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 Waffyer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Waffyer family to Ireland
Some of the Waffyer 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.
Migration of the Waffyer family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Waffyer were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: settlers who were recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..