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Wathen is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Wathen family lived in Nottingham, at Whatton. The name of this town derives from the Old English words hvaete, meaning wheat, and tun, meaning settlement or enclosure.

Wathen Early Origins



The surname Wathen was first found in Nottingham where a Norman noble, Robert de Watone, the youngest son of Gaitier de Tirell, Seigneur de Poix in Picardy, was granted the Lordship of Wattone in the Vale in that shire, and it was shown in the Domesday Survey of 1086. Today, there are numerous places in Britain by the name Watton: Watton, Devon; Watton, East Riding of Yorkshire; Watton, Norfolk; and Watton-at-Stone, Hertfordshire.

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Wathen Spelling Variations


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Wathen 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 Wathen were recorded, including Wattone, Watone, Wathon, Watton, Watten, Wattan, Whattone, Whatone, Whathon and many more.

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Wathen Early History


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Wathen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wathen research. Another 237 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wathen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wathen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wathen Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Wathen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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, Australia, 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 Wathen arrived in North America very early:

Wathen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Wathen, who arrived in Maryland in 1668
  • John Wathen, who landed in Maryland in 1674

Wathen Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Charles Wathen U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 190 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York, USA [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Wathen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • M Wathen landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Lady Nugent

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wathen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wathen (post 1700)



  • Richard B. Wathen (1917-2001), American politician, journalist, and author, Republican member of the Indiana House of Representatives between 1973 and 1990
  • Daniel E. Wathen, American lawyer and politician, Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court (1992-2001)
  • Daniel E. Wathen, American politician, Justice of Maine State Supreme Court, 1981-92; Chief Justice of Maine State Supreme Court, 1992-2001; Resigned 2001
  • George Henry Wathen FGS (1816-1879), English geologist, author, magazine publisher, and South African politician
  • Samuel Wathen (1720-1787), English physician, personal physician for Rev. John Wesley and Queen Charlotte of England
  • Jonathan Wathen (1728-1808), English surgeon, mentor to Sir Jonathan Wathen Waller, his stepson
  • George Wathen (1762-1849), English actor, stage manager and theatre owner
  • Arthur Wathen (1841-1937), English cricketer who played from 1863 to 1864
  • Heini Wathén (b. 1955), former Finnish model and Miss Viking pageant winner
  • Richard Llewelyn Wathen (b. 1971), British painter

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fidei coticula crux
Motto Translation: The cross is the test of truth.


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Citations


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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  6. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  7. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  8. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Wathen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wathen Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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