The history of the Wattam family name begins after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Nottingham
, at Whatton.
The name of this town derives from the Old English words hvaete,
meaning settlement or enclosure.
Early Origins of the Wattam family
The surname Wattam 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.
Early History of the Wattam family
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Wattam Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Wattone, Watone, Wathon, Watton, Watten, Wattan, Whattone, Whatone, Whathon and many more.
Early Notables of the Wattam family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wattam family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Wattam name or one of its variants:
Wattam Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Annie Wattam, aged 48, who settled in America from Skegness, in 1898
- Thomas Wattam, aged 52, who landed in America from Skegness, in 1898
Wattam Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- George Wattam, aged 28, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
- Mary A. Wattam, aged 29, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
- Robert Wattam, aged 14, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1878
The Wattam 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.