Early Origins of the Wattham family
The surname Wattham was first found in Devon
where the village and seat of the Wadhams was recorded as being held by Ulf in the taking of the Domesday Book
in 1086, who also held the lands before the Conquest. The Domesday Book
was a census of all England
commissioned by Duke William of Normandy
after his conquest of Britain. At this census Ulf, a Saxon, is recorded as holding from the King as a tenant
, the small village and farm holdings including 8 wild mares and 12 cattle. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Early History of the Wattham family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wattham research.Another 271 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1513, 1472, 1542, 1529, 1498, 1499, 1534, 1535, 1501, 1502, 1514, 1515, 1516, 1517, 1531, 1532, 1609, 1534, 1535, 1618, 1596, 1556, 1558 and 1645 are included under the topic Early Wattham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wattham Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Wattham has been spelled many different ways, including Wadham, Wadhams, Waddams, Waddam, Woddom, Woddam, Wodham, Wodhams, Waddeham, Wadeham and many more.
Early Notables of the Wattham family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Nicholas Wadham (c.
1472-1542) of Merifield, English politician, Member of the Parliament for Somerset
in 1529, High Sheriff
(1498-1499) and (1534-1535), High Sheriff
(1501-1502) and (1514-1515) and High Sheriff
(1516-1517); Nicholas Wadham (1531/1532-1609), English benefactor of... Another 126 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wattham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wattham family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Watthams to arrive in North America: George Wadham who settled in Virginia in 1663; Richard Wadham settled in Barbados in 1685.