Watdant is a name that came to England
in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Watdant family lived in Yorkshire
, at Wadding.
Early Origins of the Watdant family
The surname Watdant 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 Watdant family
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Watdant Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Watdant have been found, including Wadding, Wadden, Waddyng, Wading and others.
Early Notables of the Watdant family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Watdant family to Ireland
Some of the Watdant 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 Watdant family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Watdant were among those contributors: 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.