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The origins of the Wakeford name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Wakeford was originally derived from a family having lived at Wakefield in the West Riding of Yorkshire. "Its name, in the Domesday Survey Wachefeld, is of Saxon origin. In the reign of Edward the Confessor, it formed part of the royal demesnes; and, after the Conquest, was granted by Henry I. to William, Earl Warren, with whose descendants it remained till the reign of Edward III. " [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
However, the surname Wakeford is occasionally derived from another settlement by the same name in Northumberland. The surname Wakeford belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Wakeford Early Origins



The surname Wakeford was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times. Wachefeld being King William's land, which included in 1066 two churches. One of the more interesting first mentions of the name was Peter of Wakefield or Peter of Pontefract (died 1213), an English hermit. He prophesied that King John's crown would be passed to another by next Ascension Day, 23 May 1213. This prophecy spread throughout Britain, even to France. King John had him imprisoned and when the forecasted day came and went, had him gruesomely killed for vengeance.

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Wakeford Spelling Variations


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Wakeford Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Wakeford include Wakefield, Wakefeild and others.

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Wakeford Early History


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Wakeford Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wakeford research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1375 and 1665 are included under the topic Early Wakeford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wakeford Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wakeford Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Wakeford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wakeford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Wakeford, aged 41, a mason, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Lady Macdonald"
  • Elizabeth Jane Wakeford, aged 16, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Lady Macdonald"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wakeford (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wakeford (post 1700)



  • J. H. Wakeford, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Georgia, 1912
  • Captain Richard Wakeford (1921-1972), British soldier awarded the Victoria Cross during WWII

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Wakeford Historic Events


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Wakeford Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Charles Wakeford, British Assistant Purser from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Alfred Joseph Wakeford (1864-1914), English First Class Passenger from Liverpool, England, United Kingdom who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland on May 29th 1914

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Motto


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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: Arudua vinco
Motto Translation: I conquer difficulties.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  5. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  8. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Wakeford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wakeford Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 5 January 2016 at 09:04.

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