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Wafer Coat of Arms / Wafer Family Crest

Wafer Coat of Arms / Wafer Family Crest

This Scottish and English surname of WAFER was an occupational name for a maker or seller of thin, crisp cakes. They often sold their wares from house to house as pedlars. The name is also spelt WAFERER and WAFRER. The earliest of the name on record appears to be William WAFRARIUS, the king's sergeant, who was a juror on an inquest held concerning the lands of Padevinan in the year 1296. William le WAFRER and Steven le WAFRER of the county of Lanark were documented in the year 1296. Surnames can be divided into four categories; place names, occupation names, nicknames and patronymics. PLACE NAMES are the largest group and covers all those names first applied to people who lived in or nearby to a particular place. For example, Grove, Wood, Field, Meadow, and Street are obvious. Occasionally names were taken from obscure villages or hamlets which no longer exist and this can make research confusing. OCCUPATION NAMES cover nearly all trades which existed in the Middle Ages. These are numerous. It does not necessarily follow that such names as King, Duke, Earl and so on mean your ancestors were of noble blood. It is much more likely that such named people worked for the person referred to. NICKNAMES. This is a smaller group but in many ways more interesting. They usually originated as a by-name for someone by describing their appearance, personal disposition or character but which became handed down through the ages and did not apply to their descendants. For instance the name Black would denote a dark man, Little, someone small (or even somewhat ambiguously) someone tall. PATRONYMICS. This group covers all names which derive immediately from the owner's father. Many christian names which are also surnames have, over the years, lost the possessive form but the origin is still the same. Examples of this could be names such as Peter,Thomas, Henry - all names which became both christian and surnames over the years. In 1422 Murdoch, duke of Albany granted to John Ker, burgess of Lanark, the lands called WAFRALANDIS in the territory of the burgh of Lanark, by the tenure of baking certain wafers of bread for the king when he happened to reside at Lanark. Records in England include William Lovitt and Ann WAFER, who were married at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in the year 1618, and Mr Edward WAYFERRER was buried at St. Michael, Cornhill, London in the year 1638.

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