Early Origins of the Watthan family
The surname Watthan 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 Watthan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Watthan 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 Watthan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Watthan Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Watthan were recorded, including Wadham, Wadhams, Waddams, Waddam, Woddom, Woddam, Wodham, Wodhams, Waddeham, Wadeham and many more.
Early Notables of the Watthan 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 Watthan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Watthan family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Watthan family emigrate to North America: George Wadham who settled in Virginia in 1663; Richard Wadham settled in Barbados in 1685.