The name Waidretowne was brought to England
by the Normans
when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Waidretowne family lived in Lincolnshire
, at Waterton
Early Origins of the Waidretowne family
The surname Waidretowne 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 Waidretowne family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Waidretowne research.Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1460, 1360, 1425, 1340 and 1409 are included under the topic Early Waidretowne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Waidretowne Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Waidretowne are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Waidretowne include Watterton, Wateton, Waterton, Watertown and others.
Early Notables of the Waidretowne 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 Waidretowne Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Waidretowne family to Ireland
Some of the Waidretowne 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 Waidretowne family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Waidretowne, or a variant listed above: J.D. Watertown who landed in New England
in 1650; Michael Waterton sailed to Maryland in 1665.
The Waidretowne 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.