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The surname Wessex was first found in Westmorland 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 1182 when Ralph Wastel held lands in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. Soon thereafter the family branched north to Westmorland where they acquired Wastell-head.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wastell, Wastall, Wassell, Washtell, Wassall, Gastell, Westell, Wastoile, Westoile, Waistell, Wassell, Wessel, Wessell and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wessex research. Another 247 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1406, 1410, 1406, 1410, 1460 and 1515 are included under the topic Early Wessex History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 109 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wessex Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Nicholas Westell, who was a child apprentice sent to Antigua (Antego) in 1721; Patience Westell, a bonded emigrant who settled came to Annapolis, MD in 1729.

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  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Wessex Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wessex 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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