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

Westley Early Origins



The surname Westley 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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Westley Spelling Variations


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Westley Spelling Variations



Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Westley family name include Westly, Westley, Westle, Westles and others.

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Westley Early History


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Westley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Westley 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 Westley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Westley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Westley 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 Westley 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



To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Westley family to immigrate North America:

Westley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Westley settled in Connecticut in 1640
  • Elizabeth Westley, who arrived in Maryland in 1663

Westley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Westley settled in Maryland in 1774

Westley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Westley, aged 24, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1834

Westley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Westley, English convict from Northampton, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  • Charles Westley, English convict from Berkshire, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1829
  • Thomas Westley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1847
  • Mary Westley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1847
  • George Westley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1847
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Westley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Richard Westley, aged 20, a milkman, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Westley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Westley (post 1700)



  • Helen Westley (1875-1942), born Henrietta Remsen Meserole Manney, an American character actress, active 1892-1942
  • William Westley, English co-founder of Carpenter and Westley, a British optical, mathematical and scientific instrument makers in 1808
  • Roger Bancroft Westley (1947-1982), English cricketer
  • Shane Lee Mark Westley (b. 1965), English former professional footballer and coach, active 1983-1996
  • Stuart Alker Westley (b. 1947), English former cricketer from Preston, Lancashire, active 1976-1969
  • Thomas "Tom" Westley (b. 1989), English cricketer
  • Graham Neil Westley (b. 1968), English former footballer and is currently manager
  • David Westley (b. 1974), Papua New Guinea retired professional rugby league footballer, active 1993-2002

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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. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1829

Other References

  1. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  3. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
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The Westley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Westley 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 29 February 2016 at 15:48.

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