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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

Where did the English Weikle family come from? What is the English Weikle family crest and coat of arms? When did the Weikle family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Weikle family history?

Today's generation of the Weikle family bears a name that was brought to England by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Weikle family lived in Hertfordshire, at the manor of Wakely.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Weikle include 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Weikle research. Another 183 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Weikle History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Weikle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Weikle 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.

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In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Weikles to arrive on North American shores: Thomas Wakely who settled in Virginia in 1682; George Wakely arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1875; John Wakeley arrived in Philadelphia in 1872.

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The Weikle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Weikle 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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