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The surname Wakeham was first found in Devon where they were mentioned as men of great influence in the Church and public affairs. Traditionally, the Wakeman, in the ancient Saxon village before the Norman Conquest in 1066, was a man who sounded the horn during the evening to mark the time when criminal offences took on a greater penalty. The Wakeman of Ripon, Yorkshire has blown his horn faithfully every day at 9:00pm at the four corners of the obelisk in Ripon Market since 886. This "Setting the Watch" tradition is further shown by having the horn on the Arms of Ripon and again appearing on the Harrogate borough coat of arms.
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Wakeham are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. 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. The variations of the name Wakeham include: Wakeman, Wakman, Wakeham, Waikham and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wakeham research. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1549 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Wakeham History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 81 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wakeham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Wakeham or a variant listed above:
Wakeham Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Wakeham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Wakeham Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
Wakeham Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Wakeham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Wakeham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Wakeham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wakeham 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.
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