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The name Whaley came to England with the ancestors of the Whaley family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Whaley family lived in Lancashire, in the township of Whalley while Whaley is a small village in Derbyshire.
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Whaley are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Whaley include Whalley, Whaley, Walley, Whally and others.
First found in Lancashire where they were descended from Wyamarus Whalley, who accompanied William the Conqueror, from Normandy, and was the Standard Bearer at the Battle of Hastings. The Conqueror gave him the lordship of Whalley in the county of Lancaster. In 1296 an Abbot and about 20 monks arrived in Whalley to create a church that would become Whalley Abbey. One of the census records of the name was Robert de Whalley who died before 1193 and was listed as the rector of Rochdale.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whaley research. Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1607, 1675, 1660, 1686, 1719, 1718 and 1719 are included under the topic Early Whaley History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 333 words (24 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whaley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Whaley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Whaley, or a variant listed above:
Whaley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Whaley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Whaley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Whaley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Whaley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Whaley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Mirabile in profundis
Motto Translation: Wonderful in the Depths.
The Whaley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Whaley 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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