Ardley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Ardley date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the parish of Eardley in Staffordshire.

Early Origins of the Ardley family

The surname Ardley was first found in Staffordshire 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.

Early History of the Ardley family

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Ardley Spelling Variations

Ardley has been spelled many different ways. 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. Many variations of the name Ardley have been found, including Eardley, Eardisley, Erdley, Eardlie, Ardley, Ardlie, Eardleigh, Ardleigh, Ardisley and many more.

Early Notables of the Ardley family (pre 1700)

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United States Ardley migration to the United States +

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 Ardleys to arrive on North American shores:

Ardley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Henry Thomas Ardley, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Henry Ardley, aged 20, who immigrated to the United States from Tyrone, Ireland, in 1907
  • Peter Haslip Ardley, aged 28, who settled in America from London England, in 1908

New Zealand Ardley migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Ardley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Ardley, who landed in Wairarapa, New Zealand in 1840
  • Eliza Ardley, aged 17, a servant, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843

Contemporary Notables of the name Ardley (post 1700) +

  • Neil Richard Ardley (1937-2004), English jazz pianist and composer
  • Neal Christopher Ardley (b. 1972), English former professional footballer

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Jack C Ardley (b. 1915), English Boy 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Wandsworth, London, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [1]


The Ardley Motto +

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: Non nobis solum
Motto Translation: Not for ourselves alone.


  1. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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