Early Origins of the Wapshott family
The surname Wapshott was first found in Surrey
where the family historian claims they have held a family seat
from the times of King Alfred, (890 A.D.,) the great Saxon King, who granted Reginald Wapshott, his armour bearer, the lands known as Almners Barns near Chertsey in that shire. This would make Wapshott one of the oldest recorded names in English history. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Wapshott family
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Wapshott Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Wapshott family name include Wappshot, Wapshott, Wapshot, Wopshot, Wopshott, Wapshatt, Woplott and many more.
Early Notables of the Wapshott family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wapshott family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Wapshott surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Wapshott Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Wapshott, who arrived in Maryland in 1672 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- Jane Wapshott, who settled in Barbados in 1674
Wapshott Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- James Wapshott, who landed in New York in 1774
Wapshott Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Harry Wapshott, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States, in 1917
- Thomas Wapshott, aged 47, who landed in America from Carsta, Vancouver, in 1924
- Clara Annie Wapshott, aged 56, who settled in America from Carsta, Vancouver, in 1924
Contemporary Notables of the name Wapshott (post 1700)
- Nicholas Wapshott (b. 1952), British journalist and writer, editor of The Times Saturday edition as well as the founding editor of The Times Magazine