Early Origins of the Wolkendon family
The surname Wolkendon was first found in Yorkshire
where they were Lords of the manor of Walkington from ancient times. William Wallington was Lord of the Castle of Wallington in Northumberland
, and carried the same Coat of Arms as Walkington.
Early History of the Wolkendon family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wolkendon research.Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1320, 1426, 1598, 1658, 1630 and 1658 are included under the topic Early Wolkendon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wolkendon Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Wolkendon include Walkington, Walkinton, Wallington, Walkingham and others.
Early Notables of the Wolkendon family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wolkendon family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Wolkendon or a variant listed above: William Wallington who settled in Virginia in 1635; Joseph Wallington settled in Barbados in 1635; Nicholas Wallington settled in Massachusetts in 1638.