Since the Anglo-Saxons
had originally come from the German Rhineland
, their language was similar to the dialect of that region. Thus the Anglo-Saxon
and German name Waldock, both come from the same root words, from the Old High German "wald" for wood and "ecka" for corner or "eiche" for oak.
Early Origins of the Waldock family
The surname Waldock was first found in Germany
, where the descendents of Widukind III, Count of Schwalenberg (1116-37) named themselves for the Castle of Waldeck, acquired around 1150.
Early History of the Waldock family
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Waldock Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Waldock include Waldock, Waldeck, Walduck and others.
Early Notables of the Waldock family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Waldock family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Waldock Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- William Waldock, who emigrated from Hertfordshire to Ontario in 1836
- Johann Waldock, aged 26, who landed in Quebec in 1868
- Paul Waldock, aged 33, who arrived in Quebec in 1868
- Charles Waldock, who was recorded in the 1871 census in Ontario
Waldock Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William Waldock, aged 19, a baker, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Thetis" CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THETIS 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Thetis.htm
Contemporary Notables of the name Waldock (post 1700)
- Ronald "Ronnie" Waldock (b. 1932), English former professional association football player who played from 1950 and 1964
- Sir Claud Humphrey Meredith Waldock CMG OBE QC (1904-1981), English jurist and international lawyer who served as the British judge in the European Court of Human Rights from 1966 until 1974
- Frederic Alexander Waldock (1898-1959), Sri Lanka-born, British first-class cricketer for Oxford University and Somerset between 1919 and 1924