Wally History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Wally is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest brought to England in 1066. The Wally family lived in Lancashire, in the township of Whalley while Whaley is a small village in Derbyshire.

Early Origins of the Wally family

The surname Wally was first found in Lancashire where they were descended from Wyamarus Whalley, who accompanied William the Conqueror, from Normandy, and was the Standard Bearer at the Battle of Hastings. The Conqueror gave him the lordship of Whalley in the county of Lancaster. In 1296 an Abbot and about 20 monks arrived in Whalley to create a church that would become Whalley Abbey. One of the census records of the name was Robert de Whalley who died before 1193 and was listed as the rector of Rochdale.

The church of St. Michael in Aughton, Lancashire would be an important ecclesiastical stronghold for the family. For it was there that a long tradition of rectors in the family was established. The first was Henry le Waleys who was rector in 1292, followed by Thomas le Waleys in 1303, Gilbert le Waleys in 1317, John le Waleys in 1318 and Henry (son of Richard) le Waleys in 1337. [1]

The first of the tenants of Litherland, Augton "was Richard le Waleys, who also held a third of the manor of Aughton. In 1212 it was found that he was holding a ploughland in Litherland for 10s. He died in 1221, and his son and heir Richard agreed to pay 40s. -four times the annual rent-as his relief, and was placed in possession. After the death of Richard, a Robert le Waleys appears to have been the principal member of the family; (fn. 10) possibly he was a brother and held some part of the manor, acting as guardian to John le Waleys of Litherland, the son and heir of Richard, who lived on till the beginning of the next century, and was after his death said to have been a 'centenarian.' " [1]

Early History of the Wally family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wally research. Another 120 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1499, 1583, 1499, 1607, 1675, 1660, 1686, 1719, 1718 and 1719 are included under the topic Early Wally History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wally Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Wally are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Wally include Whalley, Whaley, Walley, Whally and others.

Early Notables of the Wally family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Richard Whalley (1499?-1583), an English politician, born about 1499, the only son and heir of Thomas Whalley of Kirkton, Nottinghamshire. "He was no doubt related to the Whalley of Screveton who was physician to Henry VII, and some of whose medical receipts are extant in the Bodleian. He is also said to have been related to Protector Somerset. " [2] General Edward Whalley (c. 1607-c. 1675), was an English military leader during the English Civil War, one of the regicides who signed the death warrant of King Charles I of England. At the Restoration...
Another 134 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wally Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Wally family to Ireland

Some of the Wally family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Wally migration to the United States +

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Wally, or a variant listed above:

Wally Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Elizabeth Wally, who arrived in America in 1654-1679 [3]
  • Thomas Wally, who landed in Maryland in 1665 [3]
  • Piers Wally, who landed in Maryland in 1679 [3]
  • Shadrach Wally, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682 [3]

Australia Wally migration to Australia +

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

Wally Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Ann Wally, aged 46, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Sultana" [4]
  • Elizabeth Wally, aged 16, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Sultana" [4]
  • Ann Wally, aged 46, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1851 [4]
  • Elizabeth Wally, aged 16, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1851 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Wally (post 1700) +

  • Jack Wally McMahan (b. 1932), American former Major League Baseball pitcher who played in 1956 for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Athletics
  • Wally K. Daly (1940-2020), English writer for television and radio, Chairman of the Writers' Guild of Great Britain
  • Wally Bristowe (1922-2013), Australian rules footballer who played with Hawthorn and Fitzroy from 1940 to 1945
  • Wally Wellham (b. 1932), Australian former cricketer, uncle of Dirk Wellham
  • Wally Wikerson Jr., American Republican politician, Chair of Montgomery County Republican Party, 2005 [5]
  • Wally McCleskey, American actor, known for Heaven's Gate (1980), New York, New York (1977) and The White Shadow (1978)
  • Wally Kincaid (1926-2015), American college baseball coach, inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010
  • Wally McArthur (1933-2015), Aboriginal Australian rugby league footballer and track and field athlete; some claim he was not selected for the Australian track team at the 1952 Summer Olympics because of racial discrimination
  • Wally Haysom (1897-1982), Australian rules footballer
  • Wally Ardron (1918-1978), English footballer from Swinton, South Yorkshire who played from 1938 to 1955


The Wally Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Mirabile in profundis
Motto Translation: Wonderful in the Depths.


  1. ^ 'Townships: Scarisbrick', in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1907), pp. 265-276. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/lancs/vol3/pp265-276 [accessed 21 January 2017].
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SULTANA 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Sultana.htm
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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