The surname Wands was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century at Great Yarmouth and Stoughton.
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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 Wands include Wantron, Wonton, Wanton, Wantown, Wantoon, Wantune, Wandon, Wand, Want and many more.
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Wands or a variant listed above:
Wands Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Nellie Wands, aged 28, who arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "State of Nebraska" from Glasgow via Moville 
Wands Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Andrew Wands, aged 49, who arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Caledonia" from Glasgow, Scotland
Mary Ann Wands, aged 30, who arrived in New York in 1909 aboard the ship "Caronia" from Liverpool, England
Thomas H. Wands, aged 38, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Monmouth" from Manchester, U.K. 
Phillip Joseph Wands, aged 35, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Adriatic" from Southampton, England
Mary Elizabeth Wands, aged 30, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Adriatic" from Southampton, England