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The lineage of the name Wedgwood begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in Wedgwood, a township in Staffordshire. The place-name Wedgwood is derived from the Old English elements węthe, whcih means marsh or fen, and wuda, which means wood. The place-name taken as a whole means "place at the marshy wood." The township no longer exists.

Wedgwood Early Origins



The surname Wedgwood was first found in Staffordshire at Wedgwood, a township, in the parish of Wolstanton, union of Wolstanton and Burslem, N. division of the hundred of Pirehill. "This township, which comprises 431 acres of arable land, is supposed to have been originally the residence of the Wedgwood family, several of whom have been eminent for their improvements in the earthenware and porcelain manufacture." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Josiah Wedgwood founded the village of Eturia, again in Staffordshire. "The classical name of this place was given to it by its late celebrated founder, Josiah Wedgwood, who established here the well-known Wedgwood-ware potteries, in 1769, and called the village after the seat of the ancient fictile art in Italy, Etruria, where a colony of Phœnician potters settled about 1000 years before the birth of Christ." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Wedgwood "erected an entire village for his workmen and dependants, and a mansion on a neighbouring eminence for his own residence." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Wedgwood Spelling Variations


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Wedgwood 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 Wedgwood has undergone many spelling variations, including Wedgewoode, Wedgewood, Wedgewode, Wegewode, Wegewood and many more.

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Wedgwood Early History


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Wedgwood Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wedgwood research. Another 265 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1588, 1637, 1576, 1730 and 1795 are included under the topic Early Wedgwood History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wedgwood Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wedgwood Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Wedgwood Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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 Wedgwood were among those contributors:

Wedgwood Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Helene Wedgwood, aged 37, who emigrated to America, in 1905
  • Josiah Wedgwood, aged 2, who emigrated to the United States from Burton on Lent, in 1905
  • Sarah Wedgwood, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States from Burton on Lent, in 1905
  • Violet C. Wedgwood, aged 26, who settled in America from Stoke on Trent, in 1906
  • Joseph Wedgwood, aged 23, who landed in America from Southsea, in 1906
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wedgwood (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wedgwood (post 1700)



  • Ruth N. Wedgwood, American law professor
  • E. W. Wedgwood, American politician, Mayor of Biddeford, Maine, 1870-71
  • Thomas Wedgwood (1771-1805), early English photographer
  • Francis Hamilton "Frank" Wedgwood (1867-1930), English Justice of the Peace, High Sheriff
  • Francis Wedgwood (1921-1970), 2nd Baron Wedgwood
  • Laurence Wedgwood (1844-1913), Director of the Wedgwood pottery firm
  • Dame "Cicely" Veronica Wedgwood OM, DBE (1910-1997), English historian
  • Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795), English potter, founder of Wedgwood Pottery
  • James Ingall Wedgwood (1883-1951), the first Presiding Bishop of the Liberal Catholic Church
  • Major Cecil Wedgwood DSO (1863-1916), British soldier, partner in the Wedgwood pottery firm
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  3. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  6. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
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The Wedgwood Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wedgwood Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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