Hi Janice, with respect, I think your barking up the wrong tree there.
Info compiled by Sallye Martin Sunland CA:
1729 PA Philadelphia, land worrant, MICHAEL WETLE.
1756 Will MICHAEL WETLE.
1762 PA York assessed inhabitants MANHIEM twsp:
MICHAEL WETLE LDS 974.841 r42a.
Michael's will left proerty to MARTIN WETLE and others.
WETLE is most likely to be of Germanic origin.
Wattle is an anglo saxon word for a woven wooden hurdle.
So who changed WETLE to WATTLE to WEDDLE?
What about Baron WEDEL JARLESBERG he is from NORWAY.
Try a search for WYDDEL Irish/Norse c 300 AD.
Orkney farm name Weddel c 1450 from Wadel Old Norse.
Orkney Scotland Weddel sound and Weddell sounds.
It is simply not enough to take a chance and say the name is either German, Dutch, French, English, Scotish, its origins are probably all of these, the Vikings got around here in Europe, as you will find if you reseach the origins of the place name WEDEL, the "Normans" this means North men or Norse men (Vikings).
Food for thaught! My reseach continues, but I don't think I will ever find a definitive answer.
No matter where it originates, IT IS A NAME TO BE PROUD OF!
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