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Type Surname (from location)
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. worslee  [key]
Other Forms FormsWerkesleia, Weorchaeth, Workesley

Meaning & History

Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational surname from either of the places called Worsley in Lancashire and in Worcestershire. The place in Lancashire was recorded as "Werkesleia" in 1196, and means Weorchaeth's wood or glade, derived from the Olde English pre 7th Century personal name "Weorchaeth", from weorc, work, fortification, and leah, a wood, or clearing in a wood. The place in Worcestershire means "pasture for cattle", derived from the Old English weorf, meaning "draught cattle", and leah, as before. This placename was recorded as "Werveslega" in 1150. Similar origins as surnames Worley and Workesley.
Added 12/14/2018 by Linguist56
Edited 2/13/2020 by Mike C