Werdan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancient name of Werdan finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a guard or watchman. Interestingly, the name Werdan was originally from the Anglo-French word wardein, meaning guardian.
Early Origins of the Werdan family
The surname Werdan was first found in Hertfordshire where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Werdan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Werdan research. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1273, 1352, 1379, 1627, 1614, 1640, 1716, 1664, 1683 and 1758 are included under the topic Early Werdan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Werdan Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Werdan family name include Warden, Wardan, Werden and others.
Early Notables of the Werdan family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: John Warden, English politician, Member of Parliament for Hereford in 1614; and Sir John Werden (also Worden), 1st Baronet Cholmeaton in the County of Chester (1640-1716), an English barrister, judge, politician, and diplomat. Born in Cholmeaton, he was the eldest son of...
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Migration of the Werdan family
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Werdan surname or a spelling variation of the name include : Thomas Warden settled in Virginia in 1623; James and Joseph Warden settled in New York State in 1804; William Warden settled in Virginia in 1774.
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