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The name Wesley was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Wesley family lived in Cambridgeshire, at Westley or at Westley Waterless a small village and civil parish in East Cambridgeshire.

Wesley Early Origins



The surname Wesley was first found in Cambridgeshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Westley Waterless. The place name dates back to the pre-Conquest times when it was first listed as Westle in 1045. By The Domesday Book of 1086, it was known as Weslai. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Conjecturally the family are descended from Hardwin, a Norman noble of Scales, who held the village of Westley from the Countess Judith at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book. William de Westle was Archdeacon of Durham (1362-1369.) However, Westleigh in Lancashire may be the origin of the family. "A family of the local name is mentioned [here] in the reign of Richard I." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Wesley Spelling Variations


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Wesley Spelling Variations



Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Westly, Westley, Westle, Westles and others.

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Wesley Early History


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Wesley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wesley research. Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1800, 1636, 1678, 1662, 1735, 1669, 1742, 1596 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Wesley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wesley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wesley Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Westley (Wesley) (1636-1678), an English nonconformist minister; his son Samuel Wesley (1662-1735), English minister and poet, father of John and Charles Wesley; and...

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wesley 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



Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Wesley or a variant listed above:

Wesley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Charles Wesley, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1736

Wesley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Stephen Wesley, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • George Wesley, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850
  • Joseph Wesley, who landed in Arkansas in 1885
  • Jan Wesley, who landed in Arkansas in 1896
  • John Wesley, who arrived in Arkansas in 1896
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Wesley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Frank Wesley, who landed in Arkansas in 1904

Wesley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Andrew Wesley, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1773
  • Mr. George Wesley U.E. who settled in Kingston, Ontario c. 1784 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wesley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wesley (post 1700)



  • Cynthia Wesley (1949-1963), American Baptist parishioner who was killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest award that the U.S. Congress can award a civilian
  • Rutina Wesley (b. 1979), American film, stage, and television actress, best known for her role as Tara Thornton in the series True Blood
  • Paul Wesley (b. 1982), born Paul Wasilewski, an American actor best known for his role as Stefan Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries
  • Fred Wesley (b. 1943), American jazz and funk trombonist, best known for his work with James Brown
  • Dante Julius Wesley (b. 1979), American NFL football cornerback
  • Charles "Two Sides" Wesley (1896-1944), African-American baseball player in the Negro Leagues
  • Richard Wesley (b. 1945), American Drama Desk Award winning television and film playwright and screenwriter
  • John Wesley (b. 1962), American singer, songwriter, and guitar player
  • Mary Wesley CBE (1912-2002), pen name of Mary Aline Mynors Farmar, an English novelist who sold three million copies of her books which included ten bestsellers
  • John Wesley (1703-1791), Anglican cleric and Christian theologian
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Wesley


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Suggested Readings for the name Wesley



  • Memoirs of the Wesley Family by Adam Clarke.
  • Ancestors and Descendants [sic] of Francis Wesley and Lucinda Elmira (Shearer) Cornbower by Harry A. Diehl.

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  6. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  7. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  9. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  11. ...

The Wesley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wesley 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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