The name Wernham is an old Anglo-Saxon
name. It comes from when a family lived in the settlement of Wareham in Dorset
or in either of the places called Warham in Herefordshire
. The surname Wernham belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Wernham family
The surname Wernham was first found in Dorset
where they were Lords of the manor of Wareham. Today Wareham (Wareham Town) is a town and civil parish, in Dorset
situated on the River Frome eight miles (13 km) southwest of Poole. The older streets of the town date back to Roman times. Town walls and ancient earth ramparts still surround the town which were built by Alfred the Great in the 9th century.
Historically, the town was a Saxon royal burial place, notably that of King Beorhtric (c. 800) and Edward the Martyr (c. 978). Like many other towns of Dorset, fishing was an important way of life that led many to the New World in search of better fishing grounds.
Wareham Priory was a priory in Dorset, and may have dated back to the Saxons in 672. The site is now home to the Priory Hotel. "The ancient mansion of Dinton Hall [in Dinton, Buckinghamshire] was probably erected by William de Wareham, Archbishop of Canterbury, his name, and his arms quartered with those of the see of Canterbury, frequently occurring in the old painted-glass windows." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
One of the first on record was Ranulf of Wareham (died 1222), also known Ranulph de Wareham or Ralph Wareham, the medieval Bishop of Chichester (1217-1222.) He was a monk of Norwich Cathedral before becoming prior. It is generally believed that he came from Dorset. In 1829, his bones were found in Chichester Cathedral.
Early History of the Wernham family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wernham research.Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1222, 1450, 1532, 1502, 1504, 1532, 1655, 1450, 1532, 1503, 1532, 1502, 1506, 1509, 1480, 1557, 1505 and 1532 are included under the topic Early Wernham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wernham Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Wernham were recorded, including Warham, Wareham and others.
Early Notables of the Wernham family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: William Warham (c.1450-1532), Archbishop of Canterbury (1503-1532.) Born in Malshanger, Hampshire
, he was educated at Winchester College and New College, Oxford. He rose to become Bishop of London in 1502 and later Chancellor of Oxford University in 1506. He married... Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wernham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wernham family to Ireland
Some of the Wernham family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
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Migration of the Wernham family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Wernham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- William Wernham, aged 38, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1876
- Sarah Wernham, aged 33, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1876
- William Wernham, aged 4, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1876
- Mary Wernham, aged 3, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1876
Contemporary Notables of the name Wernham (post 1700)
- Richard Bruce Wernham MA FBA (1906-1999), English historian of Elizabethan England who studied at Exeter College, Oxford, Professor of Modern History and Fellow at Worcester College from 1951 until 1972
- Charlie Wernham (b. 1994), English comedian and actor
Historic Events for the Wernham family
HMS Royal Oak
- Harold J. Wernham, British Musician with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
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- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html