Early Origins of the Orkesly family
The surname Orkesly was first found in Dorset
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Norman influence of English history dominated after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. The family name was first referenced in the 11th century when they held estates in that shire. They are believed to be descended from the Orglanders, from Orglands in the Manche, Normandy
. They were in a contingent at Hastings headed by a knight, Le Sire d'Orglande. He was granted lands by the Earl of Devon
on the Isle of Wight. At the same time his followers, relatives and men at arms were granted lands in Sormerset, Essex
. Unable to carry the name Orglander, they abbreviated to the ancient name in Normandy
of Orger who held Org's lands.
Early History of the Orkesly family
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Orkesly Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Orger, Orgar, Oregar, Augar, Auger, Orgland, Orgelan, Orglands, Orker, Orkar, Oreger, Worger and many more.
Early Notables of the Orkesly family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Orkesly family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Edward Orgar, a bonded passenger who arrived in America in 1775.