Weakley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Weakley is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Weakley family lived in Hertfordshire, at the manor of Wakely.
Early Origins of the Weakley family
The surname Weakley 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 Weakley family
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Weakley Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Weakley include Wakley, Wakeley, Wakely, Wakelie, Wakelee, Weakley, Wakerley and many more.
Early Notables of the Weakley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Weakley family to Ireland
Some of the Weakley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Weakley migration to the United States +
In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Weakleys to arrive on North American shores:
Weakley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Charles B. Weakley, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1905
- Ernest Weakley, aged 48, who settled in America from Bristol, England, in 1913
- Albert Weakley, aged 46, who immigrated to the United States, in 1919
Weakley migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Weakley Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Gladys Weakley, aged 5, who immigrated to Winnipeg, Canada, in 1920
- Irene Weakley, aged 11, who settled in Winnipeg, Canada, in 1920
Weakley migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Weakley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- George Weakley, aged 20, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Surge" 
Contemporary Notables of the name Weakley (post 1700) +
- Alan Stuart Weakley (b. 1957), American botanist with expertise in the systematics, ecology, and conservation of the flora of the Southeastern United States
- Robert Weakley (1764-1845), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee (1809-1811)
- Patricia Marie Weakley, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1972 
- Lawrence O. Weakley, American Republican politician, Postmaster at St. Joseph, Missouri, 1910-14 
- James Weakley, American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 19th District, 1872-74 
- Ian Weakley (b. 1974), Jamaican two-time gold medalist hurdler
- Dwight Glenroy Weakley (b. 1969), Bahamian cricketer who has represented the Bahamas national cricket team in 24 matches
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