This English surname of WEDGEWORTH is of uncertain origin, perhaps from the Middle English word WEGGE, used as a topographic name for someone who lived on a wedge-shaped or triangular piece of land. The name is also spelt WEDE, WEGG and WEGGE. Early records of the name include John WEGGE, who was documented in County Somerset, during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377) and Willelmus WEGE of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. 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. Later instances of the name mention George Peirse and Joyce WEDGE, who were married in London in the year 1625. (No church recorded), and Grace, daughter of Robert WEDGE was baptised at St. Peter, Cornhill, London in the year 1646. John, son of George WEGGE was baptised at St. Peter Cornhill, London in the year 1719, and Edmund Rush WEGG married Ann Manwaring at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1785.
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