Early Origins of the Waget family
The surname Waget was first found in Lincolnshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor in that shire. 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 both Henry and Ralph Waket held estates and were shown on tax rolls.
Early History of the Waget family
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Waget Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Waget has been spelled many different ways, including Waggott, Waggot, Wackett, Wacket, Waket, Wakett, Weggett, Wegget, Wegett and many more.
Early Notables of the Waget family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Waget family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Wagets to arrive in North America: Thomas Wagget who set sail for Virginia on the "Thomas and John" in 1635; Edward Waggett, who arrived in Virginia in 1635; Thomas Waggatt arrived in Virginia in 1639.