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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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The surname Wasley was 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. "One of the earliest crusaders, Elias or Elizeus, founder of the family of Worsley, is said to have held the manor of Workesley soon after the Conquest. It remained in this family until the reign of Edward III., when Alice, sister and sole heiress of Sir Geoffrey Worsley, conveyed it by marriage to Sir John Massey, of Tatton." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early records of the family were also found in the parish of Godshill, again in Lancashire. The family seat "is an elegant structure of freestone, with four fronts of the Corinthian order, containing many superb apartments, begun by Sir Robert Worsley, and completed by his descendant, Sir Richard; in the hall are some beautiful Ionic columns of porphyry, and a good collection of ancient sculptures and paintings. The hill at the entrance to the park is richly clothed with wood, and embellished with an artificial ruin called Cook's Castle; and on the summit of the principal eminence within the grounds is an obelisk of Cornish granite, nearly 70 feet high, to the memory of Sir Robert Worsley." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
In Southampton in the parish of Gatcomb another early branch of the family was found. "Gatcomb Park, the seat of a branch of the ancient family of Worsley, of Appuldurcombe, originally of Worsley, in the county of Lancaster, is a handsome residence." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Notables of the family at this time include Edward Worsley (1605-1676), an English Jesuit writer and professor from Lancashire; Major General Charles Worsley (1622-1656), an English soldier and politician, a supporter of Oliver Cromwell and an officer in the Parliamentary army during the English Civil War; Sir Richard Worsley, 1st Baronet...

Another 84 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wasley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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"
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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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  • Patricia Wasley, American Chief Executive Officer at Teaching Channel
  • Michael Wasley (b. 1990), English professional snooker player
  • Mark Andrew Wasley (b. 1965), former Australian cricketer who played for Western Australia (1990-1991)
  • James Wasley (b. 1979), former Australian rules footballer who played with Collingwood (1998-2000)
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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

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  7. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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