Watdent is one of the many names that the Normans
brought with them when they conquered England
in 1066. The Watdent family lived in Yorkshire
, at Wadding.
Early Origins of the Watdent family
The surname Watdent 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 Watdent family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Watdent 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 Watdent History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Watdent Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Watdent family name include Wadding, Wadden, Waddyng, Wading and others.
Early Notables of the Watdent family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Watdent family to Ireland
Some of the Watdent 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 Watdent family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Watdent family to immigrate North America: 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.