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Wakerslay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Wakerslay comes from the family having resided in Eckershall, historically in three places: one in the parish of Bradford in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the second in the parish of Blackburn in the county of Lancaster; and the third in a parish in the county of Stafford.

Early Origins of the Wakerslay family

The surname Wakerslay was first found in Worcestershire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Wakerslay family

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Wakerslay Spelling Variations

Wakerslay has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Eckershall, Eckersall and others.

Early Notables of the Wakerslay family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Wakerslay family to the New World and Oceana

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Wakerslays to arrive on North American shores: James Eccleshall who settled in Georgia in 1820.

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