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Wedmore.

This is a medieval English surname. It is locational from the village of Wedmore, near the town of Axbridge, in the county of Somerset. Wedmore was first recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles of the year 878 a.d., making it one of the earliest of all known surviving records of a place name anywhere in the British Isles. The meaning though is apparently open to proof. The Oxford Dictionary of English Place Names says that the early spelling forms are conflicting, although why they should have come to this conclusion is unclear. In its earliest form it appears as "Wepmor" and later in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Wedmore. Our conclusion is that it derives from the Olde English word "waep" mean hunting and "-more", which can mean either moorland or a morass. It could hardly be the latter, if hunting was to take place. Locational surnames are by their nature usually "from" names. That is to say names given as easy identification of strangers, who had moved from their original home to settle somewhere else. Spelling over the centuries being at best erratic, and local dialects very thick, often lead to the development of "sounds like" forms. In this case the earliest known recording is that of Egidas de Wedmor in the register known as "Kirby's Quest" for Somerset, in the year 1273.