Waggett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Waggett family

The surname Waggett was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Watchet, held by Dodman from William de Mohun, a Norman Baron, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Early History of the Waggett family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Waggett research. Another 116 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1424, 1510, 1530, 1535, and 1600 are included under the topic Early Waggett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Waggett Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Watchet, Wachet, Wachett, Watchit, Watchette, Watchitt, Wachitt, Wackett, Wackitt, Wackette, Wakette, Wakett, Washet, Washett, Washit and many more.

Early Notables of the Waggett family (pre 1700)

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United States Waggett migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Waggett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Waggett, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Edward Waggett, aged 20, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Waggett (post 1700) +

  • Gerard J. Waggett, American author, best known for his 1997 reference book The Soap Opera Encyclopedia, a comprehensive guide to American daytime soap operas at the time
  • John Francis Waggett (b. 1851), English barrister who attended Corpus Christi College in 1872, called to the bar 28 June, 1876; he was the eldest son of John Waggett, of London, M.D

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

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