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Wanamaker Early Origins



The surname Wanamaker was first found in Essex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. 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, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
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 Tey (Great or Little Tey) held by Count Eustace, a Norman noble, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

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Wanamaker Spelling Variations


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Wanamaker Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Wannaker, Wannamaker, Wanker and others.

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Wanamaker Early History


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Wanamaker Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wanamaker research. Another 155 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wanamaker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wanamaker Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wanamaker Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Wanamaker or a variant listed above were:

Wanamaker Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Georg Wanamaker, aged 30, landed in Pennsylvania in 1731

Wanamaker Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Richard Wanamaker U.E., (Derrick, Dirck) (b. 1755) from New Jersey, USA he died before settling in Fredericton, New Brunswick c. 1783 he served in the New Jersey Volunteers, married to Elizabeth who took on his land, he died in 1779 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Henry Wanamaker U.E., (Hendrick) (b. 1755) born in Ramp, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA from New Jersey, USA who settled in Hampton, King's County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in the New Jersey Volunteers 4th Battalion, married to Leah (Mary) Van Neesher having 7 children, he died in 1828 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Peter Wanamaker U.E. who settled in Adolphus Town [Adolphustown], Ontario c. 1784 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Wanamaker Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John L Wanamaker, who arrived in Canada in 1831

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wanamaker (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wanamaker (post 1700)



  • ZoŽ Wanamaker CBE (b. 1949), American-British actress
  • Sam Wanamaker (1919-1993), American actor and movie director
  • Walter B. Wanamaker, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1936; Candidate for Chief Justice of Ohio State Supreme Court, 1938
  • Temple Wanamaker Jr., American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Bilbao, 1943
  • Martin J. Wanamaker, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 5th District, 1930
  • Lewis Rodman Wanamaker (1863-1928), American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1916
  • John Wanamaker (1838-1922), American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1888, 1920; U.S. Postmaster General, 1889-93; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1912, 1916
  • George W. Wanamaker, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1904, 1908
  • John Wanamaker (1838-1922), American businessman, civic and political figure, founder of Wanamaker's department store, the first department store in Philadelphia

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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The Wanamaker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wanamaker 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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