Wadsley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Wadsley family

The surname Wadsley 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. " [1] The Anglo-Saxon 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 Wadsley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wadsley research. Another 57 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1195, 1310 and 1394 are included under the topic Early Wadsley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wadsley Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Wadsley, Wadslie, Wadesley, Waidsly, Waddsley, Wadesleigh, Wadeslea, Wadslea, Wadisley and many more.

Early Notables of the Wadsley family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Wadsley family

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Wadsley name or one of its variants: 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..



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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