Early Origins of the Wokey family
Essex where they held a family seat from very ancient times. Following the pattern of many Saxon families the family moved north to Scotland about the year 1200, to escape the oppression of the Norman overlords.
Early History of the Wokey family
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Wokey Spelling Variations
hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Wokey have been found, including Vocat, Voket, Vokey, Woket, Wokey, Wokete and others.
Early Notables of the Wokey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wokey family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Wokeys to arrive on North American shores: William Vokey from Jersey settled in Spaniards Bay, Newfoundland, in 1775.
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