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

The Anglo-Saxon name Northey comes from the family having resided in the north, or were people who lived to the north of a main settlement. Northey is a local surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. There are a variety of types of local surnames, some of which include: topographic surnames, which could be given to a person who lived beside any physical feature, such as a hill, stream, church or type of tree.


Northey 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. North, Northe, Northey and others.

First found in Sussex where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Northey research. Another 177 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1695, 1535, 1601, 1609, 1671, 1656, 1671, 1652, 1743, 1581, 1666, 1640, 1642, 1602, 1677, 1637, 1685, 1641, 1691, 1678, 1734, 1671, 1709 and are included under the topic Early Northey History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 301 words(22 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Northey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Northey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 Northeys to arrive on North American shores:

Northey Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Gilbert Northey, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1762
  • William Northey settled in Maryland in 1775

Northey Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Richard Northey, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Elijah Northey, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1848
  • Josiah Northey, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868
  • William Northey, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868
  • Henry Northey, aged 23, landed in Texas in 1878

Northey Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Emily Northey, aged 15, who landed in America from Devon, in 1903
  • Henry Northey, aged 51, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1905
  • Charles Richard Northey, aged 22, who emigrated to America from Truro, England, in 1910
  • Charles Northey, aged 44, who emigrated to the United States from Chacewater, England, in 1910
  • Albert Northey, aged 21, who landed in America from Dalton in Furness, England, in 1911


  • Ronald James Northey (1920-1971), American professional baseball player and coach
  • William Howard "Bill" Northey (b. 1959), American politician, member of the Republican Party in Iowa
  • Scott Richard Northey (b. 1946), American retired Major League Baseball player
  • William Northey FRS (1722-1770), English politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1747 to 1700
  • Andy Northey (b. 1972), English former rugby league player
  • John "Swooper" Northey (b. 1943), former Australian rules football player and coach
  • Craig Northey, Canadian musician and film and composer
  • Richard John Northey ONZM (b. 1945), New Zealand politician
  • William M. Northey (1872-1963), Canadian National Hockey League pioneer
  • Major-General Sir Edward Northey GCMG, CB (1868-1953), senior British Army officer of World War I


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Animo et fide
Motto Translation: By courage and faith.


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The Northey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Northey 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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