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Weddington Coat of Arms / Weddington Family Crest

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The surname of WEDDINGTON is a locational name from two places. It meant one who came from Waddington, a village and parish near Clitheroe, County York. It was also 'one who came from WEDDINGTON' a place in Warwickshire. The name literally meaning the dweller at the wet homestead. Other spellings of the name include WADDINGTON and WETTINGTON. The earliest of the name on record appears to be WATITUNE (without surname) who was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086, and WEDDINGTON (without surname) was recorded in 1285. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. The name was derived from the Old English word WADAHAMME, and literally meant the dweller by the wheat hill, from residence nearby. Other records of the name mention WADINGHAM (without surname) who was recorded in County Surrey in the year 1255. Laurenius de Wadyngton, who was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. George Waddington of Leyland, was listed in the Wills at Chester in the year 1588. Mathew Waddington of Oxford, registered at Oxford University in the year 1610. It was not until the 10th century that modern hereditary surnames first developed, and the use of fixed names spread, first to France, and then England, then to Germany and all of Europe. In these parts of Europe, the individual man was becoming more important, commerce was increasing and the exact identification of each man was becoming a necessity. Even today however, the Church does not recognise surnames. Baptisms and marriages are performed through use of the Christian name alone. Thus hereditary names as we know them today developed gradually during the 11th to the 15th century in the various European countries. An eminent member of the name was William Henry Waddington (1826-94) the French statesman and archaeologist, born in Paris, the son of an Englishman, who became a French subject. He was educated chiefly in England, and devoted himself to study and travel in Asia Minor, Syria and Cyprus. He became a member of the national assembly and the senate and was ambassador at London from 1883 until 1892.


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