The name Wekerslay is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in Eckershall, historically in three places: one in the parish of Bradford in the West Riding of Yorkshire
, the second in the parish of Blackburn in the county of Lancaster; and the third in a parish in the county of Stafford.
Early Origins of the Wekerslay family
The surname Wekerslay was first found in Worcestershire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Wekerslay family
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Wekerslay Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Wekerslay has been spelled many different ways, including Eckershall, Eckersall and others.
Early Notables of the Wekerslay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wekerslay family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Wekerslays to arrive in North America: James Eccleshall who settled in Georgia in 1820.