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Where did the English Kally family come from? What is the English Kally family crest and coat of arms? When did the Kally family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Kally family history?Kally is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Kally family lived in Derbyshire, in the area of Cully.
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Culley, Cully, Culy, Culey and others.
First found in Norfolk where Hunfrid de Cuelai was listed there in the Domesday Book.  However, we must look to the aforementioned reference of Derbyshire to find the earliest land grants for the surname. And Ratcliffe Culey, a hamlet near the border of Warwickshire and Leicestershire, part of the civil parish of Witherley can be ruled out as the origin of the name as the hamlet's first reference was in the 1600's.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kally research. Another 135 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1559, and 1606 are included under the topic Early Kally History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 41 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kally Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Kally family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 137 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Kally or a variant listed above were: Samuel Culley who settled in Virginia in 1623; Charles Culley settled in New England in 1748; Edward Cully settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1829; John Culley settled in New York State in 1803.
The Kally Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kally 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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