I have compiled a chronology of the name Wafer - mainly in England - Wales - Ireland from original documents. Francis Wafer who came to America in the 1700's was no doubt a descendent of the Anglo-Norman Wafres who came to Ireland from the Welsh borderland.See below:
Wafer Chronology – England & Wales Research by Denise Sallee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
n.d. Waffyer or Waffre had a coat of arms.Hampton, Wales. n.d. Robert Wafre – tenant to Roger de Lacy (place?) n.d. Symon le WafrevJohn le Wafre in Wynedole [Norfolk] n.d.Robert de Wafre in Thorp (Norfolk) n.d. Walter le Wafre (his daughter Catherine married William-Ruse) seated at Dinnington in Hoxon Hundred, Suffolk. n.d. Wafre – Wavre located n., Belgium.
1066 –Wafre -Roll of Battle Abbey – [The Roll of Battle Abbey contains the names of several hundred of the noble companions of William the Conqueror.]
12th and 13th C – Le Wafre family- Cleobury North- Hopton Wafre.Held lands immediately under Lords of Brecknock [Brecon].
1130 - Rogerus Wafre (Waffers) was the 1st Wafre at Hopton Wafres. Walter de Cropus (ancestor of Le Wafre) held Cleobury North until Le Wafre took over.
@1350 – Thomas le Waffre – Hereford (Welsh Borders) at Tedstone Wafre [11 miles east of Leominster] and Hampton Wafre.
Lucia le Wafre married Roger de Mortimer of Chirk.Her father was “Lord of Hopton”, Robert le Wafre (1220).
Alice, Robert’s mother had her death day annually celebrated in Hereford Cathedral.
By 1286 le Wafre lands passed to Mortimer.
n.d. John le Wafre – Harston (Hereford)
n.d.Eobertus Le Wafre; Robert Le Wafre and wife (eldest daughter of Eager de Baskerville).
1212 – Simon le Wafrer
1227 – Ralph Le Waverer
1250 – Le Wafrur
@1250 – Simon de Wafre and wife Petronella - Robert le Wafre and Agnes, his wife, in Ravenyngham (Norfolk) . Also Williamle Wafre. - Robert le Wafre and Margaret his wife.
1278 – Robert Le Wafre and Nicholas Comyn are nominated by the wife of John Comyn to be her attorneys in Ireland.
@1300 – Mabel Wafre. Abbess of Godstow, endowed land for Trinity College, Oxford Univ.
1303 – Robert and Geoffrey Le Wafre in Sturmer, Essex
1386 – William Wafre de Toft Monachorum (Norfolk)
1392 – Thomas Wafre, Canonici Eccl. Sancti [Exeter?]
Wafer Chronology – Ireland
n.d. Nicholas Waffreappointed Vicar of churchat Serine.Appointed by Philip Wafre.
1205-1210 – Walter Wafre
1225-1250 – Radulfus la Wafre – a free citizen of Dublin
1278 -Robert Le Wafre and Nicholas Comyn are nominated by the wife of John Comyn*[in England] to be her attorneys in Ireland. * John Comyn was the 1st Anglo-Norman Archbishop of Dublin @1191
1292 – William Wafre (le Wafere) in Corbally, Meath
1303-1427- Wafer shows up on Patent Rolls in Leinster
1337-1351 – Philip Wafre, Abbot of St. Mary’s – Dublin [stated he probably came from Shropshire (Hereford) family.
1374 – Nicholas Waffre with Thomas Burley near Carbury, Co. Meath [East of Edenderry (current Co. Kildare) [Near Trinity Well]
1388- Thomas Wafre, anon
1391 – Thomas Wafre – canon of Dublin – St. Patrick’s. Also mentioned, Johannis Wafre.
1402 – Rev. Nicholas Wafre, vicar of Church of St. Columb, Skryne, Meath