The name Watghan was brought to England
in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Watghan family lived in Lincolnshire
Early Origins of the Watghan family
The surname Watghan was first found in Lincolnshire
where Gocelin Fitz Lambert was granted the lands of Wadingham by the Bishop of Bayeux.
Early History of the Watghan family
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Watghan Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval 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. The name has been spelled Waddingham, Wadingham, Wadham and others.
Early Notables of the Watghan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Watghan family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Watghan 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.