Whallon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Whallon is one of the many names that the Normans brought with them when they conquered England in 1066. The Whallon family lived in Buckinghamshire, on Whielden Lane, Amersham. Today Weedon is a village and also a civil parish within Aylesbury Vale district to the north of Aylesbury and south of Hardwick in Buckinghamshire.
Early Origins of the Whallon family
The surname Whallon was first found in Northamptonshire where they held a family seat at two villages called Weedon Beck and Weedon Lois. They held these lands from the Count of Mortain, and were conjecturally descended from Hugh of Grand Mesnil in Normandy. The poet, Dame Edith Sitwell, is buried in the village.
Early History of the Whallon family
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Whallon Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Weedon, Weeden, Weeton, Weton, Wedon and others.
Early Notables of the Whallon family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Whallon family
Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Whallon name or one of its variants: James Weedon settled in Newport, R.I. in 1630; along with William; Isaac Weedon settled in Virginia in 1720; Jane Weedon settled in Maryland in 1720; James Weedon settled in New England in 1755..
Contemporary Notables of the name Whallon (post 1700) +
- Samuel S. Whallon, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Chautauqua County 1st District, 1855 
- Reuben Whallon (1776-1843), American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Washington County, 1808-09, 1810-11; U.S. Representative from New York 13th District, 1833-35 
- Murray Whallon, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 19th District, 1863-65 
- Murray Whallon, American politician, Mayor of Erie, Pennsylvania, 1852 
- James S. Whallon, American politician, Member of New York State Senate 14th District, 1848-49 
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The Whallon Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto Translation: I Believe.