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Early Origins of the Wennum family

The surname Wennum was first found in Suffolk at Great Wenham (Wenham-Combustor) or Little Wenham, villages and parishes that date back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where they were collectively listed as Wenham. [1] The place name possibly means "homestead or enclosure with pastureland" from the Old English "wynn" + "ham." [2] Little Wenham is home to Wenham Castle, a castellated manor house, one of the oldest houses in England built by John de Villabus in the 13th century. One of the first records of the surname was found in Surrey in the year 1194 when William and Hawise Wenham held estates in that county. [3]

Early History of the Wennum family

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Wennum Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wenham, Wenam, Wennam, Wennum, Wenum and others.

Early Notables of the Wennum family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Jane Wenham (died 1730), generally regarded as one of the last witches in England. Her trial took place in 1712 and was reported widely in printed tracts of the period. She was convicted, but the judge...
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Migration of the Wennum family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: settlers, who arrived along the eastern seaboard, from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands.

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X) on Facebook