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Where did the English Yaxley family come from? What is the English Yaxley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Yaxley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Yaxley family history?


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

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Yaxley research. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1599, 1565 and 1555 are included under the topic Early Yaxley History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 87 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Yaxley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Yaxley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Stephen Yaxley, who settled in America in 1758
  • William Yaxley, who arrived in America in 1760-1765
  • William Yaxley, who arrived in America in 1765


  • John Francis Yaxley CBE (b. 1936), British civil servant, Deputy Financial Secretary to the Treasury Bureau under Colonial Hong Kong, (1987 to 1989)
  • Sandra Yaxley OAM, Australian two-time gold, silver and bronze Paralympic swimmer


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

Other References

  1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  11. ...

The Yaxley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Yaxley 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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