Wadeson

Wadeson - what does Wadeson surname mean?

This interesting name is the patronymic form of the Medieval English male personal name `Wade`, and can be found in the modern forms of Wadeson and Waidson. The medieval `Wade` is a development of the Anglo-Saxon, Old English name `Wada`, an ancient name recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as `Wada`, `Wade` and `Wado`, which derives from the verb `wadan`, to go, and is found also in the Old German form of `Wado`. The persistence and popularity of the personal name was due in part to the tale of the legendary sea-giant, Wada or Wade, who was dreaded and honoured by the coastal people of the North Sea and the Baltic. As a surname, Wade is recorded first in the 1166 Essex Pipe Rolls, as Godwin Wade. The marriage of Thomas Wadeson and Elizabeth Tompson was recorded at St. Botolph`s, Bishopsgate, London, on January 16th 1642. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William Wadson (christening), which was dated February 2nd 1588, St. Andrew`s, Holborn, London, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1, `Good Queen Bess`, 1558-1603. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to `develop` often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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