Darley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Darley is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Darley family lived in Derbyshire. They were originally from Erle in Calvados, Normandy, and it is from the local form of this name, D'Erle, which means, from Erle, that their name derives.

Early Origins of the Darley family

The surname Darley was first found in Derbyshire at Darley, a parish, in the union of Bakewell, partly in the hundred of Wirksworth. Darley Abbey is a historic mill village, now a suburb of the city of Derby and Darley Dale, also known simply as Darley, is a town and civil parish. Darley Dale dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was first listed as Dereleie. [1] Darley Abbey was an Augustinian monastery that dates back to the 12th century when it was first listed as Derega. [2] In the parish of Lastingham, in the North Riding of Yorkshire, the Darley family have been lords of the manor there for a considerable time.

Important Dates for the Darley family

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Darley Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Darley family name include Darley, Darleigh, Darligh, Darly and others.

Early Notables of the Darley family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Darley family to Ireland

Some of the Darley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Darley migration to the United States

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Darley family to immigrate North America:

Darley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Tho Darley, who landed in Virginia in 1657 [3]
  • Ross Darley, who arrived in Virginia in 1698 [3]
Darley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Darley who settled in Maryland in 1738
  • John and William Darley, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1798
  • Benjamin Darley, who landed in Mississippi in 1798 [3]
  • Thomas Darley, who arrived in Mississippi in 1798 [3]
Darley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Richard and William Darley, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1854

Darley migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Darley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Darley, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1750

Darley migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Darley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Darley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1840 [4]
  • John Darley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1840 [4]
  • Mary Darley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1840 [4]

Darley 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:

Darley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Col. Sgt. B. Darley, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 31st August 1852 [5]
  • Mr. S. Darley, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Hydaspes" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 28th October 1868 [5]
  • Henry Darley, aged 37, a mason, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • Mary Darley, aged 35, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • Mr. J.D. Darley, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Lady Jocelyn" arriving in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand on 2nd January 1881, en-route to Te Puke, New Zealand [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Darley (post 1700)

  • Ward Darley Jr. (1903-1979), American educator and physician who served as president of the University of Colorado and dean of its School of Medicine
  • Felix Octavius Carr Darley (1822-1888), American artist
  • J. Walter Darley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1940; Secretary of Connecticut Democratic Party, 1940 [6]
  • Blanche Darley, American Democrat politician, Member of Democratic National Committee from Texas, 2004; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2004, 2008 [6]
  • John Darley (b. 1938), distinguished U.S. social psychologist
  • George Darley (1795-1846), Irish poet
  • Robert Darley Waddilove (1736-1828), English divine, Dean of Ripon, son of Abel Darley of Boroughbridge; he assumed the surname after inheriting landed property at Boroughbridge from his uncle, Robert Waddilove, president of Bernard's Inn [7]

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Citations

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Lysander.htm
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 Jan. 2019
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