Wedlake History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Wedlake family

The surname Wedlake was first found in Wiltshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1180 when Turstin, son of Wudelach, held estates in the shire.

Early History of the Wedlake family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wedlake research. Another 94 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1225, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Wedlake History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wedlake Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Woodlock, Woodlake, Woodloch, Woodlach, Wudlock, Wudlake, Wouldlock, Wouldlake, Wedlock, Woodluck and many more.

Early Notables of the Wedlake family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the Wedlake family to Ireland

Some of the Wedlake family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 87 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Wedlake migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wedlake Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Wedlake, who was naturalized in DeKalb County, Illinois in 1872

New Zealand Wedlake migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Wedlake Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Fred W. Wedlake, (b. 1860), aged 14, Cornish settler departing on January 1874 aboard the ship "Asia" going to Bluff or Otago, New Zealand arriving in port on 27th April 1874 [1]
  • Mr. Jonathan A. Wedlake, (b. 1862), aged 12, Cornish settler departing on January 1874 aboard the ship "Asia" going to Bluff or Otago, New Zealand arriving in port on 27th April 1874 [1]
  • Mr. Thomas Wedlake, (b. 1853), aged 21, Cornish miner departing on January 1874 aboard the ship "Asia" going to Bluff or Otago, New Zealand arriving in port on 27th April 1874 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Wedlake (post 1700) +

  • Edward Wedlake Brayley (1773-1854), English antiquary and topographer
  • Edward Wedlake Brayley the Elder (1773-1854), English antiquary and topographer, born in the parish of Lambeth, Surrey [2]


  1. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to other ports, 1872 - 84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  2. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 5 Feb. 2019


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