Early Origins of the Wattal family
The surname Wattal was first found in Westmorland
where they held a family seat
. Little is known of the early history of the family until they migrated south to Cheshire
in the vicinity of Chester. Thomas Walthall, the first in Cheshire
, was directly descended from the Westmorland
family. He married Margeret, the daughter of Sir William Stanley of Hooton.
Early History of the Wattal family
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Wattal Spelling Variations
Wattal has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Wattall, Whaltall, Whalthall, Waltall, Walthal and many more.
Early Notables of the Wattal family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wattal family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Wattals to arrive on North American shores: David Wattall who landed in North America in 1735.