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Early Origins of the Yaxlay family

The surname Yaxlay was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Yaxley, held by Hubert, a Norman noble from William Malet his over lord, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Early History of the Yaxlay family

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Yaxlay Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Yaxley, Yacksley, Yaxly, Yackslie, Yackslee and others.

Early Notables of the Yaxlay family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Francis Yaxley (died 1565), an English politician and conspirator. In 1555, he was elected member of parliament for Stamford. Later he spent time in the Tower of...
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Migration of the Yaxlay family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Stephen Yaxley, who settled in America in 1758; William Yaxley, who arrived in America in 1760-1765; John Geo Yakle, who came to Pennsylvania in 1765.

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8) on Facebook