Today's generation of the Watdan family bears a name that was brought to England
by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Watdan family lived in Yorkshire
, at Wadding.
Early Origins of the Watdan family
The surname Watdan was first found in Yorkshire
where they are "perhaps the patronymical form of the Anglo-Saxon
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Watdan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Watdan research.Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1086, 1588, 1657, 1591, 1644, 1581 and 1644 are included under the topic Early Watdan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Watdan Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Watdan were recorded, including Wadding, Wadden, Waddyng, Wading and others.
Early Notables of the Watdan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Watdan family to Ireland
Some of the Watdan family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 157 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Watdan family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Watdan arrived in North America very early: Margaret Wadden from County Wexford
who settled in St. John's Newfoundland in 1878; John Wadden settled in Heart's Content in Newfoundland in 1871; his name was also spelled Waddon.