Early Origins of the Wadislay family
The surname Wad Islay
was first found in Yorkshire
at Wadlsey, an ecclesiastical district, in the parish of Ecclesfield, union of Wortley, N. division of the wapentake
of Strafforth and Tickhill. "This was the baronial seat of the Wadsley family, of whose Hall there are still some remains. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
estate of Wadesleah is recorded in the Domesday Book
of 1086 in its genitive form of Wadesleia. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands of Wadsley, held by Roger de Bully, a Norman noble, who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086. Wadsley and Wadsley Bridge are now a part of Sheffield.
Early History of the Wadislay family
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Wadislay Spelling Variations
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 Wadislay were recorded, including Wadsley, Wadslie, Wadesley, Waidsly, Waddsley, Wadesleigh, Wadeslea, Wadslea, Wadisley and many more.
Early Notables of the Wadislay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wad Islay family to the New World and Oceana
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
, 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 Wadislay arrived in North America very early: settlers were recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Florida, and to the islands..