Early Origins of the Whatham family
The surname Whatham was first found in Leicestershire
. "The name Waltham is compounded of the Saxon words Weald and Ham, signifying a residence in or near a wood. The town derived its origin, in the time of Canute the Great, from the facility and inducement for hunting afforded by the neighbourhood, which led Ralph de Toni, standard-bearer to that monarch, to build a few houses. Within the choir [of the local
abbey], or eastern chapel, was entombed the body of Harold, who was slain in the battle of Hastings; with the bodies of his brothers Gurth and Leofwin. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066, but Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first formally referenced in the year 1119 when John de Waltham held estates in Colchester in Essex.
Early History of the Whatham family
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Whatham Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Waltham, Whaltham, Watham, Whatham, Wotham and many more.
Early Notables of the Whatham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Whatham family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: settlers who were recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..