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Early Origins of the Waifer family


The surname Waifer 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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Early History of the Waifer family

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Early History of the Waifer family


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

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Waifer Spelling Variations

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Waifer Spelling Variations


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Waifer has been recorded under many different variations, including Wafer, Waffer, Waferer, Wafre, Wafrer, Wayfre, Wayfer, Wayferer, Wayford, Waford, Wauford and many more.

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Early Notables of the Waifer family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Waifer 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...
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Migration of the Waifer family to Ireland

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Migration of the Waifer family to Ireland


Some of the Waifer 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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Migration of the Waifer family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Waifer family to the New World and Oceana


For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Waifer or a variant listed above: 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..

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