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This interesting surname, with variant spellings Walmisley, Walmsley, Wamsley, Warmsley, Walmsley and Waumsley, is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is locational either from Walmersley, north of Bury, in Lancashire, or from Walmsley, an ecclesiastical district in Bolton-le-Moors parish, north of Bolton, Lancashire. The former place, first recorded as "Walmeresley" in the 1246, Assize Court Rolls of that county, and as "Walmerslegh" in 1332, is so called from the Olde English pre 7th Century "wald", a wood, plus, "mere", lake (or "(ge)maere", boundary), and "leah", a wood; hence, "lake by the wood", or "boundary of the wood".

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