Wathan is a name that was carried to England
in the great wave of migration from Normandy
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Wathan family lived in Lincolnshire
Early Origins of the Wathan family
The surname Wathan was first found in Lincolnshire
where Gocelin Fitz Lambert was granted the lands of Wadingham by the Bishop of Bayeux.
Early History of the Wathan family
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Wathan 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 Wathan were recorded, including Waddingham, Wadingham, Wadham and others.
Early Notables of the Wathan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wathan 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 Wathan arrived in North America very early: George Wadham who settled in Virginia in 1663; Richard Wadham settled in Barbados in 1685; Phillip Waddingham settled in Virginia in 1654.