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When the ancestors of the Webley family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Herefordshire, at Weobley.

Webley Early Origins



The surname Webley was first found in Herefordshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Weobley, held at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086 by Roger de Lacy, from whom the family name is conjecturally descended. Weobly Castle was the scene of King John's surrender in the early 13th century to William de Braose.

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Webley Spelling Variations


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Webley 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 Webley have been found, including Weobley, Webley, Weblee, Weblie, Weobbley, Webbley, Webblie, Webbly, Webly, Weblincke, Weblinck and many more.

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Webley Early History


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Webley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Webley research. Another 207 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Webley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Webley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Webley Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Webley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Webley were among those contributors:

Webley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Webley who settled in the Bahamas in 1660

Webley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ann Webley, who landed in America in 1747
  • Henry Webley, who landed in America in 1767

Webley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Webley, English Convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851

Webley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Sarah M. Webley, who arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Golconda" in 1859

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Contemporary Notables of the name Webley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Webley (post 1700)



  • Mark Webley, American actor, known for his work on Shortland Street (1992), Xena: Warrior Princess (1995) and Cleopatra 2525 (2000)
  • Mischa Webley, American director and writer, known for The Kill Hole (2012), Conversations (2009) and The Minstrel Jim (2008)
  • Jason Webley (b. 1974), American musician known for his fusion of folk, experimental and alternative music
  • John Webley (1946-1971), English actor, known for The Mikado (1967)
  • Philip Webley, English founder of P. Webley & Son which later became known as Webley & Scott, an arms manufacturer in Birmingham; they manufactured the official British sidearm from 1887 to 1964
  • Thomas "Tom" Webley (b. 1983), English cricketer
  • Peter John Webley (b. 1942), former English cricketer who played for Bedfordshire (1967-1975)
  • George Webley (1957-2011), better known by the stage name Big George, a British musician, composer, bandleader, and broadcaster
  • Paul Webley CBE (1953-2016), British Director and Principal of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London from 2006 to 2015

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851

Other References

  1. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  3. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  5. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
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The Webley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Webley 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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