Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Waltom is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in one of the many places called Walton found throughout England. The surname Waltom belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Waltom family
Somerset at Walton-In-Gordano, a parish, in the union of Bedminster, hundred of Portbury. "This manor was owned by Ralph de Mortimer, kinsman of William the Conqueror; some of his family were earls of March, and under them the manor was held for several generations by Richard de Walton and his descendants." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
However, some of the family also held estates at Walton-On-The-Hill in Lancashire from early times. "In the time of Edward the Confessor, Winestan, a Saxon, held Waletone; and soon after the Conquest a family named Waleton or Walton is mentioned as having possessions here. By a charter of the 2nd of John, the king granted all his land in Waleton to Richard de Mida, son of Gilbert de Waleton; and the same family is named in connexion with various legal acts in subsequent reigns. In the 15th century, Roger Walton died without male issue, and his two daughters carried their inheritance to their husbands." CITATION[CLOSE]
Early History of the Waltom family
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Waltom Spelling Variations
spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Waltom has been spelled many different ways, including Walton, Waltone and others.
Early Notables of the Waltom family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Waltom family to Ireland
Some of the Waltom family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Waltom family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Waltoms to arrive in North America: Daniel Walton who settled in Virginia in 1635; John Walton settled in Virginia in 1623; Thomas Walton settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1775; William Walton settled in Barbados in 1678.
The Waltom 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: Murus aeneus virtus
Motto Translation: Virtue is a wall of brass.
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