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Where did the English Walkley family come from? What is the English Walkley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Walkley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Walkley family history?Today's generation of the Walkley family bears a name that was brought to England by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Walkley family lived in Hertfordshire, at the manor of Wakely.
Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Walkley were recorded, including Wakley, Wakeley, Wakely, Wakelie, Wakelee, Weakley, Wakerley and many more.
First found in Hertfordshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, conjecturally the family were descended from Ralph of Wakely, a Norman noble, who held his lands from Count Allan and was thus reflected in the Domesday Book Survey of 1086 A.D.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Walkley research. Another 183 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Walkley History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Walkley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Walkley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 121 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Walkley arrived in North America very early: Thomas Wakely who settled in Virginia in 1682; George Wakely arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1875; John Wakeley arrived in Philadelphia in 1872.
The Walkley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Walkley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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