England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Herefordshire, at Weobley.
Early Origins of the Webley family
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.
Early History of the Webley family
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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.
Early Notables of the Webley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Webley family to the New World and Oceana
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
Webley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Webley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Webley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Webley (post 1700)
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