Early Origins of the Wayfer family
The surname Wayfer was first found in Herefordshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1273 when Simon le Waffrer held estates in that shire. This name is mentioned in both Piers Plowman and Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, two of the oldest literary works in the English language.
Early History of the Wayfer family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wayfer research.Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1640, 1705, 1695 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Wayfer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wayfer Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Wayfer has undergone many spelling variations
, including Wafer, Waffer, Waferer, Wafre, Wafrer, Wayfre, Wayfer, Wayferer, Wayford, Waford, Wauford and many more.
Early Notables of the Wayfer family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Lionel Wafer (1640-1705), a Welsh
explorer, buccaneer and privateer; originally a ship's surgeon but joined Bartholomew Sharp, he later settled in... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wayfer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wayfer family to Ireland
Some of the Wayfer family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 123 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wayfer family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. 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 Wayfer were among those contributors: settlers who were recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..