Waller Family Genealogy and where it all Started with the ‘De Valer’s’

The Waller family in the UK and subsequently around the world can ALL apparently link themselves to the ‘De Valer’s’  from France back in the Norman Times. I started researching this family as it is my husband’s and I wanted it all on my family tree.  Those of you whom are familiar with my other blog ‘St.John Family Genealogy’ will see that this is another part that I am researching.
When I started this it was all just for a family tree and as with the St.Johns it has lead me now into genealogy as I am beyond the 1800’s and now into Norman Times.
How one asks can you go back that far?  Well it all started with Ancestry.co.uk and with that you get hints – and from the hints I learned that there is more to this family than originally meets the eye! Interesting thought! So I followed my instincts and searched on the internet to find out more and there is is a lot more..  and that is just on the internet!!  I have yet too go to the library and too follow all this up and when I do no doubt I am going to find out more and more.
So where does it all start?  Well,  it actually starts for us in Havant, Hampshire UK.  In the research stage of the family line it lead me to Sussex and Kent and way beyond this country of ours.  The Waller’s reach USA, Europe where some say they actually originate from – to the the furthest part,  Australia.  The ‘Waller’s are a HUGE family – all inter connected somewhere.  There is peerage, Royality and much much more to search out and discover.
At school history was NOT my forte and I can tell you this now I was absolutely board stiff with it – books and more books and not understanding a lot of it –  way over my head.  I look back now and I understand why I didnt like it!  It was text book written..  follow this and do that !  The teacher we had was very boring with his delivery and subsequently I got bored.  As I got older I realised that to know something is too read it or to watch a film on the tv.  There are lots of great films out there that some may think have no bearing on family research but to be honest they do.  Alexandra the Great – King Henry VIII and his wives, El Cid, Spartacus, Blood King, William the Conqueror and so on and so forth.  Then now a days and for the last ehhhum years I have watched Time Team – their exploits their delving into history and finding facts and showing the interesting things you can find out.  Suddenly my historical interest was seeing things in a very different way – The paperwork, certificates, the Illuminations, the bible, Old masters paintings, the Sistine Chapel.  Then there is visits to castles and museums, palaces, old great houses and parks. History is too be valued and now I understand why!  Without it we would not be whom we are today or would we?
This where I start from –  Questions to be answered –  and why are we like we are today?  Is it their fault we are an ordinary everyday working class family?  What made these changes? Why did families lose peerages and mansions and castles? How did some Waller’s end up farming and then today some being everyday people doing a worth while job and not having any clue where they come from?
The Waller family UK is where I start from and with thanks to all those people whom have taken the time to put up information on the internet and sharing with all of us I can now research this very interesting, historical family.

6 comments on “Waller Family Genealogy and where it all Started with the ‘De Valer’s’

  1. Lanne M. Waller says:

    Thank you so much for all of this information!! I have always felt a spiritual connection to the Knight’s Templars. My maiden name is Waller. I have bee researching on Ancestry.com also on the web, tracing my heritage. I have traced my father’s line, all the way to Alfred de Valer, father of Alurde de Valer, Hero of The Battle of Hastings. My full name is Lanne Marcelle Waller. The name Marcelle…came from Magdelena on my mother’s side….We have many grandmother’s named Magdelena going back through the generations.

    • Hi Lanne – thankyou! I have also done a lot of research and I am still working on this family – there is an awful lot wrong with the lines too – so be careful what you follow and research it yourself. Pop back now and then – as I still have a lot to go on this blog.

      This is my married name – it is my husband’s line I am working on. We are the poorer side of the Waller tree – but at some point nearly every Waller leads to Alured! I have some more exciting points to blog very soon.. I love the research – but find it maddening that there are so many errors. Coming to PRE C1700 , this part of the tree would be gleaned from Historical records, wills, land ownership ect. Much after C1700 we can get parish records in quite abundance. The Templars also have my curiosty going – but it has to wait really until the rest of the records can be proved.. and verified, to what I can verify, from gleaning records from the historical land ownerships. I hope you come back and read some more soon.

      Really interesting about the name ‘Magdelena’, strange how we change over generations!

      thankyou for your post.

  2. Patricia Waller Maxwell says:

    I am a direct descendant of the Waller family and have only just recently starting working on my family tree. I live in Texas and the family moved here from Virginia. John Waller came from England when he was 19 and settled in Virginia.

  3. wallert65 says:

    Nice work…some other Waller heraldic images…I have collected many over the years…

    Coat of Arms Illustration


  4. Thankyou, what wonderful imagery you have found! Thankyou for sharing – I have seen your flicker collection over the years. I love the windows and the crockery, my husband likes the crest ring! Which part of the Waller family do you come from?

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