Early Origins of the Walshaw family
The surname Walshaw was first found in Northumberland
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor and Earls of Northumberland
. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands of Walsher de Lorraine
who was recorded as Earl of Northumberland.
Early History of the Walshaw family
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Walshaw Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Walshar, Walcher, Walsher, Waltheof, Walshaw and many more.
Early Notables of the Walshaw family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Walshaw family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Walshaw Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Joseph Walshaw, aged 22, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Osborne" in 1867
- Joseph Walshaw, aged 17, a blacksmith, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen Bee" in 1872
- Ann Walshaw, aged 42, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen Bee" in 1872
- Ann Walshaw, aged 15, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen Bee" in 1872
- Catherine Walshaw, aged 14, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen Bee" in 1872
Contemporary Notables of the name Walshaw (post 1700)
- Ken Walshaw (1918-1979), English professional footballer
- Lucas Walshaw (b. 1992), British professional rugby league footballer
- Tom D. Walshaw (1912-1998), British engineer, author and contributor to the British magazine Model Engineer
- Glen Walshaw (b. 1976), Zimbabwean silver and bronze medalist swimmer at the 1999 All-Africa Games