Wakelin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Wakelin family

The surname Wakelin was first found in Huntingdon, where they had been granted lands by William the Conqueror, and were originally from the Norman French name Walchelyn.

Walkelin or Walchelin (d. 1098) was Bishop of Winchester. He was "a Norman by birth, and is said to have been a kinsman of the Conqueror. He was probably one of the clergy of the cathedral church of Rouen, for Maurilius (d. 1067) knew him well and spoke highly of him, and he was one of William's clerks. " [1]

Early History of the Wakelin family

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Wakelin Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wakelyn, Wakelin and others.

Early Notables of the Wakelin family (pre 1700)

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United States Wakelin migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wakelin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Wakelin, who landed in Maryland in 1659 [2]
Wakelin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Richard Wakelin, who arrived in Virginia in 1706 [2]
  • Thomas Wakelin, who settled in Annapolis Maryland in 1723

Australia Wakelin migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Wakelin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Wakelin, English convict from Oxford, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]
  • James Wakelin, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • John Wakelin, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. Samuel Wakelin, English convict who was convicted in Suffolk, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Chapman" on 6th April 1824, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]

New Zealand Wakelin migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Wakelin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Wakelin, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Thomas Wakelin, aged 36, a wheelwright, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • Jane Wakelin, aged 29, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • Mary Jane Wakelin, aged 4 months, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • Mrs. Naomi Wakelin, (b. 1842), aged 21, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Huntress" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st April 1863 [6]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Wakelin (post 1700) +

  • Edwin Wakelin (1880-1925), English cricketer from Oxford
  • Simon Wakelin, British photojournalist in Los Angeles, California
  • Cara Wakelin (b. 1977), Austrailan-born, Canadian model and actress
  • Barry Hugh Wakelin AM (b. 1946), Australian politician, Member of the Australian Parliament for Grey (1993 to 2007)
  • Johnny Wakelin (b. 1939), British recording artist from Brighton
  • Darryl Wakelin (b. 1974), former Australian rules footballer from Whyalla, South Australia
  • Shane Wakelin (b. 1974), former Australian rules footballer from Whyalla, South Australia
  • Brittany Wakelin (b. 1996), New Zealand actress


  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  5. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retreived 26th January 2021, retreived from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/chapman)
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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