Walversdend is a name that was carried to England
in the great wave of migration from Normandy
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Walversdend family lived in Suffolk
, at Wolverston.
The surname Walversdend was originally derived from the Old English elements wulf,
meaning settlement or enclosure.
The name was originally Wulkton, and gradually evolved into its current form.
Early Origins of the Walversdend family
The surname Walversdend was first found in Suffolk
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Woolverstone. At the time of the taking of 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)
a survey initiated by Duke William of Normandy
in the year 1086 A.D. after his conquest of England
in 1066, Woolverstone was held by a Norman Noble, Robert Gernon, and as was the Norman custom, the second son adopted the name of the manor or village for his surname. At the survey Woolverstone was a village, with a church, 12 beasts, 30 pigs, 100 sheep and 36 goats. The Church was rebuilt by Sir Gilbert Scott in the 19th century.
Early History of the Walversdend family
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Walversdend Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Walversdend include Wolferstan, Wolferstone, Wolverstone, Wolverston, Wolversdon, Wolversden, Wolversdan, Wolferston, Woolferstone, Woolverston and many more.
Early Notables of the Walversdend family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Mary Wolverston, better known as Lady Killigrew (c.
1525-1582), a Suffolk
woman who was accused of piracy during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. As the story goes, whenever her husband went to sea, Mary engaged in piracy using the staff of her... Another 63 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Walversdend Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Walversdend family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Walversdends to arrive on North American shores: Benjamin Wolverston and Elizabeth Wolverstone who settled in Barbados with their servants in 1679.