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Where did the English Scalley family come from? What is the English Scalley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Scalley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Scalley family history?Scalley is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Scalley family lived in Hertfordshire. Their name, however, is a reference to Scalers, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Scalley are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Scalley include Scale, Scales, Scalers and others.
First found in Hertfordshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Scalley research. Another 202 words(14 lines of text) covering the year 1290 is included under the topic Early Scalley History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Scalley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Scalley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 93 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Scalley, or a variant listed above: Joseph Scale who settled in Maryland in 1684; William Scale settled in Virginia in 1656; George Scales settled in Virginia in 1636; John Scales settled in Virginia in 1631.
The Scalley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Scalley 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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