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Wason Early Origins



The surname Wason was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat. The name, taking many forms, predominated in Cornwall before the Conquest, dating back to 1000 A,D, as Wasso, Wasce, Wazo, Gazo, Gasche, (all pronounced approximately the same) and in the next two centuries they proliferated along the south coast of England into Somerset, Hampshire, Essex, Cambridge and as far north as Lincolnshire. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086, a census taken by Duke William of all his taxable estates, the name was represented by Robertus filius Wazonis, a Latin version of the surname. The spelling of Gace is pronounced Wace, just as Guilliam is William.

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Wason Spelling Variations


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Wason Spelling Variations



Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Wace, Waison, Wayson, Wasson, Wash, Waze, Waize, Waice, Gaish, Gash, Gason, Gasson, Gaze, Ways, Wasso, Waso, Gace, Gaco, Wass and many more.

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Wason Early History


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Wason Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wason research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1379, 1627 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Wason History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wason Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wason Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wason Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wason In Ireland


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Wason In Ireland



Some of the Wason family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) 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



The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Wason:

Wason Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Philip Wason, who arrived in Maryland in 1667

Wason Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Wason, who arrived in New England in 1736
  • Thomas Wason, who landed in New England in 1738
  • Ann Wright Wason, who came to New Hampshire in 1738

Wason Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Archibald Wason, who settled in America in 1811
  • George Wason, who settled in New York in 1811
  • Archer Wason, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1811
  • Archer Wason, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • Archibald Wason, who landed in America in 1811
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Wason Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Wason, English Convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851
  • Joseph Wason, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Admiral Boxer"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wason (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wason (post 1700)



  • Milton Wason, American politician, Member of California State Assembly, 1863-65, 1880-83
  • George B. Wason, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1916
  • George A. Wason, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate, 1883-84, 1895-96
  • Edward Hills Wason (1865-1941), American Republican politician, Member of New Hampshire State House of Representatives, 1899, 1909, 1913; Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention, 1902

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Citations


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  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851

Other References

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  10. 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).
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The Wason Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wason 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 24 May 2016 at 22:58.

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