The ancestors of the bearers of the Wakersly family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found 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 Wakersly family
The surname Wakersly 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 Wakersly family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wakersly research.Another 133 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wakersly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wakersly Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Wakersly include Eckershall, Eckersall and others.
Early Notables of the Wakersly family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Wakersly Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wakersly family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Wakersly or a variant listed above: James Eccleshall who settled in Georgia in 1820.