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Where did the English Atchley family come from? When did the Atchley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Atchley family history?

The ancestors of the name Atchley date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the village of Adderley in Shropshire; the village was known as "Eldredelei" in the Domesday Book.

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Atchley has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Adderley, Adderly, Addly, Adley, Aderly, Atherly, Atherley, Hadderley and many more.

First found in the county of Salop, which is now called Shropshire, where they had been settled well before the Norman Conquest of 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Atchley research. Another 280 words(20 lines of text) covering the year 1637 is included under the topic Early Atchley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Atchley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Atchleys to arrive on North American shores: John Adderley who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1734; Edward Adderly settled in Philadelphia in 1760; Susanna Atherley settled in Virginia in 1768.

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