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The surname Yaxley 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.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Yaxley research. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1599, 1565, 1555, 1625, 1597 and 1611 are included under the topic Early Yaxley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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

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  • Peter Yaxley (1928-2015), New Zealand rugby league player and referee
  • Greta Yaxley (b. 2000), Australian winner of the Junior MasterChef Australia (series 2) in 2011
  • 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. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  6. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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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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