Werdun History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Werdun is an Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to a guard or watchman. Interestingly, the name Werdun was originally from the Anglo-French word wardein, meaning guardian.
Early Origins of the Werdun family
The surname Werdun was first found in Hertfordshire where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Werdun family
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Werdun Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Werdun has appeared include Warden, Wardan, Werden and others.
Early Notables of the Werdun 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 Werdun family
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Werdun arrived in North America very early: 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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