Early Origins of the Woddhams family
The surname Woddhams was first found in Devon
where the village and seat of the Wadhams was recorded as being held by Ulf in the taking of the Domesday Book
in 1086, who also held the lands before the Conquest. The Domesday Book
was a census of all England
commissioned by Duke William of Normandy
after his conquest of Britain. At this census Ulf, a Saxon, is recorded as holding from the King as a tenant
, the small village and farm holdings including 8 wild mares and 12 cattle. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Early History of the Woddhams family
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Woddhams 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 Woddhams include Wadham, Wadhams, Waddams, Waddam, Woddom, Woddam, Wodham, Wodhams, Waddeham, Wadeham and many more.
Early Notables of the Woddhams family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Nicholas Wadham (c.
1472-1542) of Merifield, English politician, Member of the Parliament for Somerset
in 1529, High Sheriff
(1498-1499) and (1534-1535), High Sheriff
(1501-1502) and (1514-1515) and High Sheriff
(1516-1517); Nicholas Wadham (1531/1532-1609), English benefactor of... Another 126 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Woddhams Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Woddhams 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 Woddhams were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: George Wadham who settled in Virginia in 1663; Richard Wadham settled in Barbados in 1685.