Walsley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Walsley family
The surname Walsley was first found in Staffordshire at Wolseley, a hamlet in the hundred of Pirehill which dates back to at least the Domesday Book where it was listed as Ulselei. 
It was land held by the Bishop of Chester and was quite small having 4 villans, 2 borders with 1 plough and 3 acres of meadows. Over the centuries the hamlet has remained quite small. A census taken in the 1800s lists only 133 inhabitants.
The hamlet includes the small village of Wolseley-Bridge, and about half a mile west of the bridge stands Wolseley Hall, the family manor with a stately facade crowned with an embattled parapet. The interior is embellished with beautifully-carved oak panels that date back to the time of Charles II. The family was "the most ancient among all the very ancient families in this county" and are "said to have been resident at Wolseley even before the Norman Conquest, and it has ever since remained their seat and residence." 
One of the earliest records of the family was Robert de Wolsley, vicar of Addingham in Craven, 1353. 
Important Dates for the Walsley family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Walsley research. Another 72 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1473, 1530, 1514, 1529, 1587, 1646, 1628, 1630, 1714, 1697, 1660, 1728, 1730 and 1744 are included under the topic Early Walsley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Walsley Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Wolseley, Wolsley, Woolsley, Wolsey, Woolsey and many more.
Early Notables of the Walsley family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Cardinal Thomas Wolsey (c. 1473-1530), English prelate, Archbishop of York, Primate of England (1514-1529), Lord Chancellor to Henry VIII; Sir Robert Wolseley, (c. 1587-1646), created a Baronet by Charles I in 1628; and his son, Sir Charles Wolseley, 2nd Baronet (ca.1630-1714)...
Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Walsley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Walsley family to Ireland
Some of the Walsley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 42 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Walsley family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: William Woolsley settled in New York in 1823; Joseph Woollsey settled in New York in 1823; Joseph Woolsey settled in Baltimore in 1789; Phillip Wolsey arrived in Philadelphia in 1802..
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- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)