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Where did the English Wisell family come from? What is the English Wisell family crest and coat of arms? When did the Wisell family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Wisell family history?The name Wisell reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Wisell family lived in Cambridgeshire, at Westley.
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Wisell family name include Westly, Westley, Westle, Westles and others.
First found in Cambridgeshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Westley Waterless. Conjecturally they are descended from Hardwin, a Norman noble of Scales, who held the village of Westley from the Countess Judith at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book census which was initiated by Duke William of Normandy in 1086 after his Conquest of England at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wisell research. Another 197 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1800, 1636, 1678, 1662, 1735, 1669 and 1742 are included under the topic Early Wisell History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 71 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wisell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Wisell family to immigrate North America: Solomon Westle who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1752; William Westley settled in Connecticut in 1640; William Westley settled in Maryland in 1774.
The Wisell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wisell 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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