Show ContentsWeakland History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Weakland family

The surname Weakland 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.

Early History of the Weakland family

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Weakland Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Weakland have been found, including Wakley, Wakeley, Wakely, Wakelie, Wakelee, Weakley, Wakerley and many more.

Early Notables of the Weakland family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Weakland family to Ireland

Some of the Weakland family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Weakland family

For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Weakland were among those contributors: Thomas Wakely who settled in Virginia in 1682; George Wakely arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1875; John Wakeley arrived in Philadelphia in 1872.

Contemporary Notables of the name Weakland (post 1700) +

  • Russell Weakland (b. 1978), American movie production assistant, known for his work on TMZ on TV (2007-2008)
  • John H. Weakland (1919-1995), American co-founder of brief and family psychotherapy, Senior Research Fellow at the Mental Research Institute
  • Rembert George Weakland (b. 1927), American prelate of the Catholic Church, Archbishop of Milwaukee (1977-2002) on Facebook