Wedin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Wedin came to England with the ancestors of the Wedin family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Wedin family lived in Buckinghamshire, on Whielden Lane, Amersham. Today Weedon is a village and also a civil parish within Aylesbury Vale district to the north of Aylesbury and south of Hardwick in Buckinghamshire.
Early Origins of the Wedin family
The surname Wedin was first found in Northamptonshire where they held a family seat at two villages called Weedon Beck and Weedon Lois. They held these lands from the Count of Mortain, and were conjecturally descended from Hugh of Grand Mesnil in Normandy. The poet, Dame Edith Sitwell, is buried in the village.
Early History of the Wedin family
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Wedin Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Wedin has been recorded under many different variations, including Weedon, Weeden, Weeton, Weton, Wedon and others.
Early Notables of the Wedin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wedin family
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Wedins were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: James Weedon settled in Newport, R.I. in 1630; along with William; Isaac Weedon settled in Virginia in 1720; Jane Weedon settled in Maryland in 1720; James Weedon settled in New England in 1755..
Contemporary Notables of the name Wedin (post 1700) +
- Elof Wedin (1901-1983), Swedish American painter
- Butch Wedin (b. 1940), American ski jumper at the 1960 Winter Olympics
- N. Peter Wedin, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1912 
- Ivar T. Wedin (d. 1983), American politician, Mayor of Cadillac, Michigan, 1962-67; Defeated, 1967 
- Anton Wedin (b. 1993), Swedish ice hockey player
- Wanja Elisabeth Lundby- Wedin (b. 1952), Swedish President of the Swedish Trade Union Confederation (2000-2012)
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The Wedin Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto Translation: I Believe.