Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to a guard or watchman. Interestingly, the name Werdin was originally from the Anglo-French word wardein, meaning guardian.
Early Origins of the Werdin family
Hertfordshire where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Werdin family
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Werdin Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Werdin include Warden, Wardan, Werden and others.
Early Notables of the Werdin 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 Werdin family to Ireland
Some of the Werdin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Werdin family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Werdin were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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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