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Where did the English Wanture family come from? What is the English Wanture family crest and coat of arms? When did the Wanture family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Wanture family history?


It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Wanture are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Wanture include: Wantron, Wonton, Wanton, Wantown, Wantoon, Wantune, Wandon, Wand, Want and many more.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wanture research. Another 185 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1568, and 1603 are included under the topic Early Wanture History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Wanture Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Wanture or a variant listed above: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..


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The Wanture Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wanture 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.

This page was last modified on 30 May 2011 at 10:52.

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