Show ContentsWattdand History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Wattdand reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Wattdand family lived in Yorkshire, at Wadding.

Early Origins of the Wattdand family

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

Early History of the Wattdand family

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Wattdand Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Wattdand include Wadding, Wadden, Waddyng, Wading and others.

Early Notables of the Wattdand family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Wattdand family to Ireland

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

In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Wattdands to arrive on North American shores: 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