Waleran, "Venator" 
- Born: Abt 1040, , , France
- Marriage: Unknown
- Died: Abt 1100, , , England about age 60
Sources, Comments and Notes:
"Waleran the Huntsman
Birth ABT 1070 WEST DEAN, WILTSHIRE, ENGLAND
Child William Fitz Waleran 1093-1131"
Source <Domesday for Wiltshire: Extracted from Accurate Copies of the Original ...> Par William Henry Jones:
"LAND OF WALERAN THE HUNTSMAN.
Waleran holds COTEFORD of the King. Erlebald held it in the time of King Edward, and it paid geld for 6 hides. The land is 6 carucates. Of this there are in demesne 3 hides, and there are 2 carucates, and 3 serfs; and there are 7 villans, and Waleran was one of the Conqueror's principal huntsmen. He is entered in Hampshire as holding several manors in that county in capile, and had still larger possessions in Dorsetshire, and Wilts. He also held lands in Hampshire under the Abbey of St. Peter, Winchester. His descendants for many generations remained in possession of the manors enumerated above. They were held by Walter Waleran, Lord of Grimstead, who was married to Isabel, grand - daughter of William Longespee, Earl of Salisbury, and who died, A.d. 1200. Through his daughters and co-heiresses, the several estates were taken by marriage into the families of Ingham, and St. Martin, and held by them during great part of the fourteenth century. "
"Waleran the Hunter (floruit 1086) (Latin: Waleran Venator), was an Anglo-Norman magnate who held 51 manors as recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086, including Whaddon in Wiltshire and several in Hampshire, including West Dean, within the New Forest. His Latin name (perhaps an epithet) as recorded in the Domesday Book, Venator ("the Hunter"), suggests that he was a hunt-official of that royal forest. Little else is known about him.
His descendants assumed the surname Waleran, one of the descendants in a junior line of which was Robert Walerand (died 1273), Justiciar to King Henry III. The senior line of the family retained the manor of West Dean until the death of Walter Waleran (d. circa 1200), who left three daughters and co-heiresses ..."
"The Lands of Waleran
Prior to 1066, Fifehead Neville was held by an unnamed English thegn (nobleman), but by the time of the completion of the Domesday Book in 1087, the manor of Fifehead Neville is recorded as being in the possession of Waleran Venator. The name Waleran (meaning Wall or 'Strong' Raven the Huntsman) is Germainic, and was introduced to Britain by the Anglo-Saxons in the eighth century, but was also re-introduced at the Conquest by the Norman-French. Waleran could possibly have been a native Englishman, but it is more likely that he was a Norman invader, who accompanied William I on his Conquest, and as a favourite was rewarded with huge hunting estates. His under-tenant in Fifehead Neville was Ingelrann, who also held land in Somerset after the Conquest (see Domesday Fifehead). ...
Descendants of Waleran
The records of the transfer of Waleran's lands to his heirs are very scarce so the details are somewhat sketchy and contradictory, and all dates given here are approximate: After his death in about 1100, Waleran's lands passed to his son William Fitzwaleran (b.1065). His son, Waleran Fitzwilliam (b.1090), was an Officer of the New Forest where in 1130 he is recorded paying the dues he had collected. He became Lord of Dean. His son was Walter Waleran (1120-1155) and his grandson, also Walter Waleran(d) is also recorded as paying the dues for the New Forest in 1156. The "Carte Baronumde Militibus" of 1166 was an enquiry set up by Henry II to list all the tenants who held knight's service to his tenants-in-chief. This Carta records the names of three of Walerand's knights, Julian of Manestone, John de Vifhida and Thomas de Winterbome, who probably derived their names from the same manors held by Waleran in 1086. ..."