Watdinghan is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest
brought to England
in 1066. The Watdinghan family lived in Lincolnshire
Early Origins of the Watdinghan family
The surname Watdinghan was first found in Lincolnshire
where Gocelin Fitz Lambert was granted the lands of Wadingham by the Bishop of Bayeux.
Early History of the Watdinghan family
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Watdinghan Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Watdinghan are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Watdinghan include Waddingham, Wadingham, Wadham and others.
Early Notables of the Watdinghan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Watdinghan family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Watdinghan, or a variant listed above: George Wadham who settled in Virginia in 1663; Richard Wadham settled in Barbados in 1685; Phillip Waddingham settled in Virginia in 1654.