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The name Farley is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in Farley which was in several counties including Berkshire, Derbyshire, Hampshire, and Staffordshire. The surname Farley is an habitation name, which form a broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. Farley was originally derived from a pre-existing name for a town, village, parish, or farmstead.

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The surname Farley was first found in Somerset where the first record of the family was Adam Farlegh who was listed there during the reign of Edward III. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Jacob de Farlegh in Wiltshire and Hugh de Farleye in Suffolk. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Farley has been spelled many different ways, including Farley, Farleigh and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Farley research. Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1182 and 1332 are included under the topic Early Farley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Farley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Farley 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.

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Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Farleys to arrive in North America:

Farley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Farley and his wife, Jane, purchased land in Virginia in 1623
  • Thomas Farley, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • John Farley settled in Charlestown Massachusetts in 1630
  • John Farley settled in New England in 1637
  • William Farley, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
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Farley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Farley, who arrived in America in 1801
  • Margaret Farley settled in New Castle Del. in 1804
  • Margaret Farley, aged 20, landed in New Castle, Del in 1804
  • Margaret Farley, aged 20, landed in New Castle, Del in 1804
  • Terrence Farley, who arrived in New York, NY in 1810
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Farley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Farley, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Bridget Farley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1847
  • Rose Farley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1847
  • John Farley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Mitchell" in 1849
  • Leonora Farley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Andromache" in 1850
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Farley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Farley, aged 26, a coachman, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Edinburgh" in 1873
  • John William Farley, aged 43, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876
  • Betsy Farley, aged 40, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876
  • Rosa Farley, aged 10, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876
  • William Farley, aged 8, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876
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  • Walter Farley (1915-1989), American author of horse stories for children, author of The Black Stallion (1941) and others in that series
  • Terri Farley, American author of Seven Tears into the Sea
  • Kevin Farley (b. 1965), American actor, stand-up comic
  • Joseph Francis Farley (1889-1974), ninth Commandant of the United States Coast Guard (1946 to 1949)
  • John Patrick Farley (b. 1968), American actor
  • John Harrington Farley (1846-1922), American politician, 27th and 34th mayor of Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jennifer "Jenni" Farley (b. 1986), American television personality
  • James Indus Farley (1871-1948), American politician, three-term member of the United States Congress from Indiana
  • James Thompson Farley (1829-1886), American politician, Speaker of the California State Assembly (1856)
  • James Farley (1888-1976), American politician, Postmaster General (1933 to 1940)
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Farley Historic Events



HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. William George Farley, British Petty Officer Stoker, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Reginald Farley, British Boy, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Thomas Farley, British Petty Officer Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
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  • Francis Marion Farley and Lulu Cain Farley, Their Ancestors and Descendants by Lucille Farley Speer.
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Citations



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  4. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  5. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. 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).
  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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The Farley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Farley 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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