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Where did the English Wasley family come from? What is the English Wasley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Wasley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Wasley family history?

The ancestors of the bearers of the Wasley family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in the parish of Worsley, in Huntingdonshire. However, evidence indicated that the surname Wasley may have occasionally been derived from other small localities of the same name in southern England. The surname Wasley belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

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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 Wasley include Worseley, Workesley, Worsley and others.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Workesley, about seven miles from Manchester, from early times. Sir Elias Workesley was the first Lord of the manor.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wasley research. Another 359 words(26 lines of text) covering the years 1377, 1512, 1710, 1605, 1676, 1622, 1656, 1589, 1621, 1613, 1666, 1622, 1656, 1654, 1643, 1675, 1669, 1747, 1672 and 1756 are included under the topic Early Wasley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 253 words(18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wasley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 Wasley or a variant listed above:

Wasley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Thomas Wasley, who landed in Virginia in 1719

Wasley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Joseph Wasley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838
  • Joseph Wasley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Competitor" in 1848
  • Mary Wasley, aged 27, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "China"
  • Jane Wasley, aged 19, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "China"
  • Jane Wasley, aged 43, a nurse, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "China"


Wasley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • George Wasley, aged 36, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hudson" in 1879
  • Louisa Wasley, aged 47, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hudson" in 1879
  • Richard Wasley, aged 11, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hudson" in 1879
  • Elizabeth Wasley, aged 8, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hudson" in 1879
  • Harriet Wasley, aged under 1, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hudson" in 1879


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The Wasley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wasley 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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