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Where did the English Wailes family come from? What is the English Wailes family crest and coat of arms? When did the Wailes family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Wailes family history?The ancient roots of the Wailes family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Wailes comes from when the family lived near a stone-built wall. Wailes is a local surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Other types of local surnames include topographic surnames, which could be given to a person who lived beside any physical feature, such as a hill, stream, church or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. The surname Wailes referred to a person who lived beside a large stone wall, which was used either for the purpose of fortification, or to keep back the encroachment of the sea. Members of the Wailes family were established in Gloucestershire prior to the Norman Conquest of England, in 1066. By the time of the Conquest, they were major landholders in that county.
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Wailes has appeared include Wall, Walls, Wale, Walles and others.
First found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat from very ancient times and appeared as holders of lands in the Domesday Book compiled in 1086 by King William of England. The name was from the Anglo Saxon Wal, meaning a stranger.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wailes research. Another 267 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1210, 1620, 1679, 1647, 1728, 1588 and 1666 are included under the topic Early Wailes History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 129 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wailes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Wailes family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 147 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Wailes arrived in North America very early:
Wailes Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Wailes Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Wailes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wailes 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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