Show ContentsWattdan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Wattdan came to England with the ancestors of the Wattdan family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Wattdan family lived in Yorkshire, at Wadding.

Early Origins of the Wattdan family

The surname Wattdan was first found in Yorkshire where they are "perhaps the patronymical form of the Anglo-Saxon Wade." [1]

Early History of the Wattdan family

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Wattdan Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Wattdan are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Wattdan include Wadding, Wadden, Waddyng, Wading and others.

Early Notables of the Wattdan family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Wattdan family to Ireland

Some of the Wattdan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Wattdan family

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Wattdan, or a variant listed above: Margaret Wadden from County Wexford who settled in St. John's Newfoundland in 1878; John Wadden settled in Heart's Content in Newfoundland in 1871; his name was also spelled Waddon.

  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print. on Facebook