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This surname was a baptismal name 'the son of Wimond'. An ancient personal name, which lasted in England until the Reformation of the 16th century. The name was derived from the old Norman VIGMUNDR and the name was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Norman Conquest revolutionized our personal nomenclature. The old English name system was gradually broken up, old English names became less and less common and were replaced by new names from the continent. Most of the early documents deal with the upper classes as they were the first to realise that a second name added prestige and practical advantage to their status. Names of peasants are less common and rarely appeared in early times. The earliest of the name recorded was WIMUNDUS (without surname) who was listed as a tenant in chief in the Domesday book of 1086 in the County of Norfolk. Wymund Ater Walle appears in 1296 in County Suffolk and Wymundus de Ralegh was documented during the reign of Edward I (1272-1307). Johannes Wymond of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. John Wyman, registered at Oxford University in the year 1527. Peter Wayman and Ann Bondd were married at St Mary Aldermary, London, in the year 1582 and James Wyman married Jane McAulay at St. George's Chapel, London in 1753. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error. Among the humbler classes of European society, and especially among illiterate people, individuals were willing to accept the mistakes of officials, clerks and priests as officially bestowing a new version of their surname, just as they had meekly accepted the surname they had been born with. In North America, the linguistic problems confronting immigration officials at Ellis Island in the 19th century were legendary as a prolific source of Anglicization.

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