Waddelow & Wadlow Names
Recorded as Waddilove, Waddilow, Waddelow, Wadlow and possibly others, this is an English surname although one which probably owes something to the pre 8th century Vikings. First recorded with that of William Wadylove in the Assize Tax registers of the year 1260 for the county of Yorkshire, where the surname is still prominent,it is of ancient origins.
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Waddelow is a surname which was recorded in the villages of the Isle of Ely, Cambridgeshire as early as the 16th Century. It may originate from a village called Odell in Bedfordshire but this has not been confirmed. There has been many spellings of the name, Waddelow, Waddilow, Wadelow, Waddelowe & Wadilowe. Wadlow and Waddelove are variants of the name and are found mostly outside of Cambridgeshire. Over time Waddelows and Wadlows have moved out from Cambridgeshire to various parts of England, including London, Norfolk, Staffordshire, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire. They have also emigrated abroad to Austrailia, Canada, New Zealand & the USA. The name has also been used as a first name in many fenland families
This Old English locational surname derives from the villages of the same name in Durham, Lancashire, Staffordshire and Essex. The precise meaning is probably 'the water mill', but it is possible that it refers to a moated or fortified house, one surrounded by water. The use of water driven machinery for milling, was an introduction into England and Ireland after the 12th century, and probably as a result of the Crusaders experience with similar systems in the Near East.
The first recording of the surname which is absolutely proven is as shown below, however the Waterhouse family of Kirton in Lindsey, Lincolnshire, claim descent from a Sir Edward Waterhouse, in the time of King Henry 111 (1216 - 1272). Certainly ancient arms exist for Waterhouse, having the blazon of a gold field, charged with a black pile engrailed, and the crest of a demi eagle displayed.
The surname was also prominent amongst English settlers in Ireland, another Edward Waterhouse being knighted there in 1584. Early recordings include Henry Waterhouse of Hertford, in the register of Oxford University for the year 1585, and Edward Waterhowse of Sussex, in the same register, but for 1591. This latter spelling is one of the few examples of a variant form of 'Waterhouse'.
The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Adam del Waterhous, which was dated 1308, in the rolls of the city of Wakefield, Yorkshire, during the reign of King Edward 11, known as 'Edward of Caernafon', 1307 - 1327. The Ossett and Wakefield Waterhouses probably came from a family living near Halifax who owned land near Wakefield in the 16th Century.
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It is a patronymic form of the male given name Will, itself a diminutive of William. Introduced into England by William, Duke of Normandy, and known to history as "The Conqueror" , William soon became the most popular given name in England. The Norman form and that borne by the Conqueror, was "Willelm", a spelling adopted from the Frankish Empire of the 8th century. The name is a compound which originally consisted of the elements "wil", meaning desire, and "helm", a helmet which offered protection. Early examples of the surname recording in England include: Robertus Willelmi in the Domesday Book of 1086, whilst in 1341 Robert Wilson was recorded at Kirkstall, Yorkshire, the patronymic form of the name having emerged some seventeen years earlier (as below).
One of the earliest emigrant to the New World was John Wilson, recorded on a register of "those living in Virginia on February 18th 1623". One of the most illustrious bearers of the name was Sir Robert Thomas Wilson, general and governor of Gibraltar, who in 1801 received the rank of baron of the Holy Roman Empire. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert Willeson. This was dated 1324, in records of the Manor of Wakefield, Yorkshire. This was during the reign of King Edward 2nd
Recorded as Woods, Woodson, Woodison, Woodeson and Wooderson, this is a venerable English surname. It is a patronymic of early medieval origin. In most cases it was a topographical surname for the son of a person who lived in a wood, or as an occupational surname it described the son of a woodcutter or forester. The derivation is from the Olde English pre 7th century word "wudu". Topographical surnames were among the earliest created, since both natural and man-made features in the landscape provided easily recognisable distinguishing names in the small communities of the Middle Ages. Hereditary occupational surnames took longer to become established, and usually did so when a son followed his father into the same job or profession. In this case the surname was first recorded in the mid 13th century and early recordings include: John del Wode of Yorkshire in 1274; John Atewode of Essex in the same year; Elias in le Wode of Cambridgeshire in 1279, and William Bythewode of Sussex in 1296. Other examples of early recordings include Alex Woodson of Cheshire in the register of Oxford University in 1565, George Wooddeson, who married Mary Balston at Canterbury, in 1674, and John Wooderson, who married Ann Oliver at St George's Chapel, Hanover Square, Westminster, in the year 1803. The first recorded spelling of the family name is possibly that of Walter de la Wode. This was dated 1242, in the Book of Fees for the county of Herefordshire, during the reign of King Henry 111rd of England, 1216 - 1272.
The Waddelow Society is a non profit Family History Group, established in 1988, interested in reasearching the Waddelow/Wadlow name.
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