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Wakeley is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Wakeley family lived in Hertfordshire, at the manor of Wakely.

Wakeley Early Origins



The surname Wakeley was first found in Hertfordshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, conjecturally the family were descended from Ralph of Wakely, a Norman noble, who held his lands from Count Allan and was thus reflected in the Domesday Book Survey of 1086 A.D.

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Wakeley Spelling Variations


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Wakeley Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Wakeley are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Wakeley include Wakley, Wakeley, Wakely, Wakelie, Wakelee, Weakley, Wakerley and many more.

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Wakeley Early History


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Wakeley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wakeley research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wakeley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wakeley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wakeley Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Wakeley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wakeley In Ireland


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Wakeley In Ireland



Some of the Wakeley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Wakeley, or a variant listed above:

Wakeley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Wakeley, who arrived in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1635
  • Edward Wakeley, who landed in Virginia in 1658

Wakeley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Wakeley arrived in Philadelphia in 1872

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wakeley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wakeley (post 1700)



  • Solmous "Solomon" Wakeley (1794-1867), American pioneering Wisconsin legislator, he served in the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1855 and 1857
  • Eleazer Wakeley (1822-1912), American politician and jurist in Nebraska and Wisconsin, he served in the Wisconsin State Senate 1851-1855 and the Wisconsin State Assembly 1866-1867
  • James "Jimmy" Clarence Wakeley (1914-1982), American country-Western singer and actor
  • Solomon Wakeley, American Republican politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly from Walworth County, 1855, 1857
  • Eleazer Wakeley (1822-1912), American Democrat politician, Member of Wisconsin Territorial House of Representatives, 1847-48; Member of Wisconsin State Senate, 1852-55; Justice of Nebraska Territorial Supreme Court, 1857-61
  • Sir Nicholas Jeremy Wakeley (b. 1957), 3rd Baronet of Liss, County Hampshire, English peer
  • Sir John Cecil Nicholson Wakeley (1926-2012), 2nd Baronet of Liss, County Hampshire, English peer
  • Thomas Wakeley (1795-1862), English surgeon
  • Amanda Wakeley (b. 1962), British fashion designer
  • Sir Cecil Pembrey Grey Wakeley (1892-1979), 1st Baronet of Liss, County Hampshire, British surgeon, founder of the Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, President of the College from 1949-1954
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    2. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    3. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    11. ...

    The Wakeley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wakeley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 11 November 2015 at 10:40.

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