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Where did the English Cantley family come from? When did the Cantley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cantley family history?

The Anglo-Saxon name Cantley comes from when the family resided in the village of Cantley in either the counties of Norfolk or Yorkshire.

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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. Cantley has been recorded under many different variations, including Cantlay, Cantley, Cantele, Cantelay, Cantuli, Cantlie, Gantlet, Gantley and many more.

First found in Norfolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cantley research. Another 339 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1198, 1379, 1452, 1581, 1626, 1790, 1797, 1500 and 1854 are included under the topic Early Cantley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 69 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cantley Notables 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 Cantley or a variant listed above:

Cantley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Wm Cantley, aged 20, landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • Alexander Cantley who arrived in Philadelphia in 1852

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