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Wass Early Origins



The surname Wass 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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Wass Spelling Variations


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Wass 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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Wass Early History


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Wass Early History



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

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Wass Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wass Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Wass In Ireland


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Wass In Ireland



Some of the Wass 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



An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Wass:

Wass Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Wass, who landed in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1691

Wass Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mathias Wass, who arrived in America in 1730
  • George Wass, who settled in America in 1736
  • Leonhart Wass, who settled in Philadelphia in 1763
  • Leonhardt Wass, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1763
  • Edmond Wass, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1772
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Wass Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Wass, who arrived in Ohio sometime between 1809 and 1852
  • John Wass, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • John Wass, who settled in Allegheny Co. Pennsylvania in 1849

Wass Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Frederick Wass, English convict from Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wass (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wass (post 1700)



  • Chip Wass (b. 1965), American illustrator, designer, and animator
  • Paul Wass (b. 1925), American former politician, Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (1977-1990)
  • Julian Wass (b. 1981), American film composer, producer and electronic musician, son of Ted Wass
  • Theodore "Ted" Wass (b. 1952), American television director and former actor
  • Dewey S. Wass, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State Senate 3rd District, 1940
  • George Wass (1882-1966), English cricketer
  • Horace Wass (1903-1969), English footballer and first class cricketer for Derbyshire in 1929
  • Thomas George "Tom" Wass (1873-1953), English cricketer, best known for his County Championship win in 1907
  • Edwin "Ted" Wass (1910-1955), English footballer who played from 1929 to 1939
  • Count Albert Wass de Szentegyed et Czege (b. 1908), Hungarian nobleman, forest engineer, novelist, poet
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Wass Family Crest Products


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Citations


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  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834

Other References

  1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  3. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  5. 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.
  6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  7. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  11. ...

The Wass Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wass 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 9 June 2016 at 09:09.

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