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Wakley is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Wakley family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Wakley family lived in Hertfordshire, at the manor of Wakely.

Wakley Early Origins



The surname Wakley 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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Wakley Spelling Variations


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Wakley Spelling Variations



Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Wakley, Wakeley, Wakely, Wakelie, Wakelee, Weakley, Wakerley and many more.

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Wakley Early History


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Wakley Early History



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

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Wakley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wakley Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Wakley In Ireland


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Wakley In Ireland



Some of the Wakley 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



Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World 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 stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Wakley or a variant listed above:

Wakley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Isaac Wakley was at Haystack in 1871
  • Beatrice A Wakley, aged 1, arrived in New York, NY in 1893
  • Clinton S Wakley, aged 26, landed in New York, NY in 1893
  • Harold M Wakley, aged 3, arrived in New York, NY in 1893
  • Maud Wakley, who landed in New York, NY in 1893

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wakley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wakley (post 1700)



  • Ebenezer Wakley, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Chenango County, 1808-10, 1812-13, 1816-17, 1818-19
  • Thomas Wakley (1795-1862), English surgeon and politician, founding editor of The Lancet

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    8. 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).
    9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
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    The Wakley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wakley 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 7 November 2016 at 09:30.

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