The name Watingham reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Watingham family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Watingham family lived in Lincolnshire
Early Origins of the Watingham family
The surname Watingham was first found in Lincolnshire
where Gocelin Fitz Lambert was granted the lands of Wadingham by the Bishop of Bayeux.
Early History of the Watingham family
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Watingham 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 Watingham family name include Waddingham, Wadingham, Wadham and others.
Early Notables of the Watingham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Watingham 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 Watingham family to immigrate North America: George Wadham who settled in Virginia in 1663; Richard Wadham settled in Barbados in 1685; Phillip Waddingham settled in Virginia in 1654.