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Where did the English Hartley family come from? What is the English Hartley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hartley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hartley family history?

The roots of the Anglo-Saxon name Hartley come from when the family resided in the village of Hartley which was in several English counties including Berkshire, Devon, Dorset, Kent, Lancashire, York and Northumberland. This place-name was originally derived from the Old English words hart which means a stag and lea which means a wood or clearing.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Hartley has been recorded under many different variations, including Hartley, Hartly, Hartlay, Hartlaye, Hartlie, Hertley, Hertly, Hertlay, Hertelay, Hertheley, Hertleye, Hertlegh, Hartleigh and many more.

First found in Lancashire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hartley research. Another 369 words(26 lines of text) covering the years 1191, 1273, 1327, 1379, 1621, and 1623 are included under the topic Early Hartley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Hartley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 109 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Hartley or a variant listed above:

Hartley Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • William Hartley, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • William Hartley settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Jeremy Hartley, aged 30, and Christopher Hartlie, aged 19, who settled in Barbados in 1635
  • Jeremy Hartley settled in Barbados in 1635
  • Jeremy Hartley, aged 30, landed in Barbados in 1635


Hartley Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Mary Hartley, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Stephen Hartley, who arrived in Virginia in 1717
  • Ann Hartley, who arrived in Virginia in 1717
  • Michal Hartley, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1787

Hartley Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • George Hartley, aged 36, landed in Alexandria, Va in 1801
  • George Hartley, aged 36, who arrived in Alexandria in 1801
  • Thomas Hartley, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • William Hartley, who landed in America in 1811
  • George H. Hartley, who settled in South Carolina in 1812


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  • Leslie "Gene" Hartley (1926-1993), American racecar driver
  • Fred Allan Hartley Jr. (1902-1969), American Republican Party politician
  • Ralph Vinton Lyon Hartley (1888-1970), American Rhodes Scholar and electronics researcher, inventor of the Hartley oscillator and the Hartley transform, recipient of the IEEE Medal of Honor
  • Thomas Gordon Hartley (b. 1931), American botanist
  • Marsden Hartley (1877-1943), American Modernist painter, poet, and essayist
  • Garrett Hartley (b. 1986), American football placekicker
  • Sir Harold Brewer Hartley (1878-1972), renowned English chemist
  • Colonel Edmund Barron Hartley VC, CMG (1847-1919), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Leslie Poles Hartley (1895-1972), English novelist and critic
  • David Hartley the Elder (1705-1757), English philosopher

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  • Blue Ridge Mountain Kinfolk: A Record of Ancestors, Descendants, and Relatives of the Author and Wife, Including Fisher-Gilbert-Hall-Hartley-Hill-King-Kirby-Lawson Families by Larry King.
  • Richardson-Hartley-Arender and Related Families; a List of the Known Descendants of Elijah Richardson of Tennessee and Frank Hartley of South Carolina, Both of Whom Moved t Mississippi About 1815 by Thomas F. Richardson.
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  2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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  6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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The Hartley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hartley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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