Family name origins & meanings
- Scottish : habitational name from a place called Wedale (now Stow) near Edinburgh. The origins of this place name are uncertain. The second element is evidently Old English dæl or Old Norsedalr ‘valley’. The first element might be Old Englishwedd ‘pledge’, ‘security’ or its Old Norse cognateveð (although this is not found elsewhere as a place name element).