This long-established name is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational surname deriving from the place called Saintbury near Broadway in Gloucestershire. Saintbury is a small hamlet that is named after King Sweyne from Denmark, one of the early conquerors of the coastal areas of England, when the Vikings used to rob, pillage and plunder the English coasts. King Sweyne lived in the area in a fort.
Recorded in the 'modern' spellings of Weakley, Weekely, Weekley, and Weekly, this is an English locational surname. It comes from the village of Weekley, near Kettering, in the county of Northamptonshire. The village has the distinction of being one of the first place names to be recorded anywhere. It appears in the charters known as 'Cartulium Saxoni', or in effect the Saxon gazetteer for the year 843 A.D., almost at the very beginning of written English history.
Recorded as Leo, Leon, Lion, Lyon and Lyons, this is usually an English, sometimes Scottish or Irish surname, although in most cases is ultimately of early French origins. Introduced into the British Isles after the Norman Conquest of 1066, it has a number of possible sources. Firstly, it may be a locational name from either the town of Lyons, in central France, recorded in the 1st Century B.C.
King Philip’s War began on June 24, 1675, when a band of his Wampanoag Indians, attacked several isolated homesteads near Swansea, then laid siege to the town, destroying it and killing several people, which resulted in a general uprising that spread through New England. The war lasted fourteen months and ended with the death of Metacomet (aka King Philip) the chieftain and son of Massassoit.
Bicknell was a locational name "of Bickenhill" a parish in County Warwick, seven miles from Birmingham. There is also a place in Bickenall in County Somerset. The earliest known bearer of this surname is John Bickonyll of Woolvington Manor, whose sons William and John became respectively Chancellor of Canterbury and MP for Shaftesbury in the mid 15th century.