Waldron Family History
The family history of the ancient name Waldron
was found in the irishsurnames.com archives.
Surnames developed a wide number of variants over the centuries. Many different spelling variations of the same name can be traced back to a single original root. Also, when a bearer of a name emigrated from Ireland it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books upon arrival at their new location. Some names have dozens of spelling variations. Some Surnames were also altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically, by their sound, and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another. This was especially so in Ireland where most Gaelic names were 'anglicized' at some stage.
Variants of the name Waldron
include Wellesley, Wesley, Colley and Waldrum. This name in Irish is Mac Bhaildrin and the latter variants are the anglicized forms of this. This sept came from Connacht.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. It is also the case that many Irish septs or clans that are related often belong to a larger groups, sometimes called tribes. For example the 'Tribes of Galway' consisted of fourteen distinct families. The 'Tribes of Kilkenny' were ten families, etc.
This family came to Ireland with the Anglo-Norman invasion of 1170 and settled in the West, particularly in Counties Mayo and Roscommon. The variant Wellesley is more prominent in Leinster and is recorded as early as 1243 in the person of a de Welleselegh who was appointed as a Justice Itinerant. Father Walter Wellesley was Bishop of Kildare from 1529 to 1539 and with the failure of the male line in the eighteenth century of this family, their name was passed on to the Colleys of Castle Carbery, County Kildare, to whom they are closely related. In modern times this name is found mostly in its original territory.The Waldron
family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Waldron