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An excerpt from archives copyright © 2000 - 2016

Today there are three villages and towns in Essex by the name Warley: Great Warley in the Brentwood borough; Little Warley, a hamlet in south Essex; and Warley, a suburb of Brentwood. It is from this area that this surname was derived. In West Yorkshire, Warley Town can be found, near Halifax and in the West Midlands, Warley is a place in the metropolitan borough of Sandwell.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Warley, Warly, Warleigh, Warlea, Werley and others.

First found in Essex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Warley, held by the Norman noble Humphrey from the Bishop of London who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Werle research. Another 248 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1201, and 1475 are included under the topic Early Werle History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Werle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Werle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Maria Werle, who arrived in America in 1704

Werle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Valentin Werle, aged 61, arrived in St Louis, Missouri in 1839
  • Adam Werle, who arrived in America in 1853
  • Andreas Werle, who landed in North America in 1856
  • Nicholas Werle, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856
  • Franz Werle, who arrived in North America in 1867


  • Barbara May Theresa Werle (1928-2013), American actress and singer, best known for her role in 1966 Seconds
  • François Werlé, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815


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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  3. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  7. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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The Werle Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Werle 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.

This page was last modified on 3 November 2015 at 10:34.

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