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The name Warham has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in the settlement of Wareham in Dorset or in either of the places called Warham in Herefordshire or Norfolk. The surname Warham belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Warham Early Origins



The surname Warham was first found in Dorset where they were Lords of the manor of Wareham. Today Wareham (Wareham Town) is a town and civil parish, in Dorset situated on the River Frome eight miles (13 km) southwest of Poole. The older streets of the town date back to Roman times. Town walls and ancient earth ramparts still surround the town which were built by Alfred the Great in the 9th century. Historically, the town was a Saxon royal burial place, notably that of King Beorhtric ( c. 800) and Edward the Martyr (c. 978). Like many other towns of Dorset, fishing was an important way of life that led many to the New World in search of better fishing grounds. Wareham Priory was a priory in Dorset, and may have dated back to the Saxons in 672. The site is now home to the Priory Hotel. "The ancient mansion of Dinton Hall [in Dinton, Buckinghamshire] was probably erected by William de Wareham, Archbishop of Canterbury, his name, and his arms quartered with those of the see of Canterbury, frequently occurring in the old painted-glass windows." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Warham Spelling Variations


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Warham Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Warham have been found, including Warham, Wareham and others.

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Warham Early History


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Warham Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Warham research. Another 269 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1222, 1450, 1532, 1502, 1504, 1532, 1655, 1450 and 1532 are included under the topic Early Warham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Warham Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Warham Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Warham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Warham In Ireland


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Warham In Ireland



Some of the Warham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Warham, or a variant listed above:

Warham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Warham settled in Nantasket, Massachusetts in 1630 with Mary and three relatives
  • John Warham, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Tho Warham, who arrived in Virginia in 1658
  • William Warham, who landed in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1681

Warham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francis Warham, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817

Warham Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Warham from Wareham, Dorset, who settled at Carbonear, Newfoundland, in 1830 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Warham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Warham, aged 21, a compositor, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Calphurnia"
  • William G. Warham, aged 21, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Calphurnia" in 1849

Warham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Michael Warham, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878

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Contemporary Notables of the name Warham (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Warham (post 1700)



  • William Warham (1450-1532), English prelate
  • John Warham, Australian and New Zealand photographer and ornithologist

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Other References

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  3. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  4. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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The Warham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Warham 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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