Early Origins of the Wadslea family
The surname Wadslea 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 Wadslea family
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Wadslea Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Wadsley, Wadslie, Wadesley, Waidsly, Waddsley, Wadesleigh, Wadeslea, Wadslea, Wadisley and many more.
Early Notables of the Wadslea family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wadslea family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Wadslea or a variant listed above: 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..