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Wakely is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Wakely family lived in Hertfordshire, at the manor of Wakely.

Wakely Early Origins



The surname Wakely 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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Wakely Spelling Variations


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Wakely Spelling Variations



Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Wakley, Wakeley, Wakely, Wakelie, Wakelee, Weakley, Wakerley and many more.

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Wakely Early History


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Wakely Early History



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

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Wakely Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wakely Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Wakely In Ireland


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Wakely In Ireland



Some of the Wakely 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


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The Great Migration



Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Wakely or a variant listed above:

Wakely Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mathew Wakely, who arrived in Virginia in 1644
  • Thomas Wakely who settled in Virginia in 1682

Wakely Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Esther Wakely, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746

Wakely Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Wakely arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1875
  • Ch. Wakely, aged 39, who settled in America, in 1893
  • John Wakely, aged 55, who settled in America, in 1895

Wakely Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • John Wakely, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States from Dublin, in 1904
  • Robert Wakely, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1915
  • Mary Wakely, who emigrated to America from Portadown, Ireland, in 1916
  • Catherine Wakely, aged 40, who landed in America from Station Twn, Wingate, England, in 1920
  • Charles Wakely, aged 41, who landed in America from Leicester, England, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Wakely Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Isaac Wakely settled in Greenspond, Newfoundland in 1824 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • John Wakely was at Corbin Harbour, Newfoundland in 1833 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Wakely Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Libbie A Wakely, aged 47, who emigrated to Lindsay, Canada, in 1912

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wakely (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wakely (post 1700)



  • James Clarence "Jimmy" Wakely (1914-1982), American country-Western singer, inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1971
  • Alex George Wakely (b. 1988), English cricketer
  • Ernest "Ernie" Alfred Linton Wakely (b. 1940), Canadian former professional NHL ice hockey player
  • Sir Leonard Wakely, British Ambassador

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Other References

  1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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The Wakely Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wakely 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.

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