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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 surname Cantley was first found in Norfolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cantley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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

  • William Cantley, aged 20, landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • Alexander Cantley who arrived in Philadelphia in 1852
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  • Lewis C. Cantley (b. 1949), American cell biologist and biochemist, a professor in the Departments of Systems Biology and Medicine at Harvard Medical School
  • Sir Joseph Donaldson Cantley OBE, QC (1910-1993), English barrister and High Court judge, best known for being the judge in the trial of Jeremy Thorpe in 1979
  • Thomas Cantley (1857-1945), Canadian politician, Member of Parliament for Pictou, Nova Scotia (1925-1935)
  • Robert Cantley, British conservationist and Managing Director of Borneo Exotics, his company won a Gold Medal at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2006, 2007, 2010, and 2011, and a Silver Gilt Medal in 2005
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    Other References

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    2. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
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    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    9. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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