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Wattdinham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Wattdinham is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Wattdinham family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Wattdinham family lived in Lincolnshire at Wadingham.

Early Origins of the Wattdinham family

The surname Wattdinham was first found in Lincolnshire where Gocelin Fitz Lambert was granted the lands of Wadingham by the Bishop of Bayeux.

Early History of the Wattdinham family

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Wattdinham Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Wattdinham have been found, including Waddingham, Wadingham, Wadham and others.

Early Notables of the Wattdinham family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Wattdinham family to the New World and Oceana

For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Wattdinham were among those contributors: George Wadham who settled in Virginia in 1663; Richard Wadham settled in Barbados in 1685; Phillip Waddingham settled in Virginia in 1654.

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