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Wensley Coat of Arms / Wensley Family Crest

Wensley Coat of Arms / Wensley Family Crest

The surname of WENSLEY was of the locational group of surnames meaning 'one who came from Wensley' a spot in the North Riding of Yorkshire. Habitation names, which are by far the largest group, usually denoted where the original bearer of the name held his land, and where he actually lived. These local surnames derive (with a few occasional exceptions) from English, Scottish or French places, and were originally preceded by a preposition such as 'atte' or 'bye'. The earliest local surnames of French origin are chiefly from Normandy, particularly from the departments of Calvados, Eure, Seine-Inferieure and La Manche, although some Frenchmen, arriving in England early acquired surnames from English places. Local names may derive from the manor held, the place of residence, and occasionally from a sign like an Inn or Tavern, or a particularly unusual shape of rock, hill, tree, stream or river. The earliest of the name on record appears to be WENDRESLAGA (without surname) who was listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. WANDESLEE (without surname) was recorded in the year 1200, and WENDESLE was documented in 1203.

Later instances of the name include Jane, daughter of John Wendesley, who was baptised at St. Mary, Aldermary, London in 1609. Buried. Daniell, son of John Wendesle at the same church in 1625. Peter Wensley and Eleanor Parker were married at St. Antholin, London in the year 1707.

The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered at Wendesley, County Derbyshire; extinct in the male line since 1591; the heiress married into the Blackwell family.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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