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WHEATLEY Family History

This interesting name is of medieval English origin and is a locational name from any of the places so called in Essex, Lancashire, Nottinghamshire, Oxon, and Yorkshire. The derivation is the same for all counties and is from the Old English pre 7th Century 'hwoete', wheat, and 'leah', a clearing, thus a clearing where wheat was grown. The placename development includes 'Wateleia' (Domesday Book of Essex 1086), 'Watelage' (Domesday Book, Yorkshire 1086), 'Hwatele' (Assize Rolls of Yorkshire 1280), 'Whetelegh' (Feet of Fines, Lancashire 1227), 'Weteley' (Introduction to the Survey of English placenames, 1314). During the Middle Ages people migrating from their birth place would often adopt the placename as a means of identification...

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