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Heatley is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Heatley family lived in Heathley, Staffordshire.
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Heatley are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Heatley include Heathley, Heighley, Heatley, Heathly and others.
First found in Staffordshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Heighley (pronounced Heathley or Heatly). At the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086 by Duke William of Normandy after his conquest of England at Hastings in 1066, this village was the King's land, but reconstructing the evidence, there remains the ruins of a 13th century castle at Heighley which was probably reduced by an angry King. We next see Sir Robert of Keatlie far to the north in the lands of Mellerston just over the border in Scotland. In 1296 his successor, Sir Alexander of Hateley, made his peace with King Edward 1st of England in his brief conquest of Scotland and declared his oath of allegiance and loyalty to him. Sir Alexander's seal is a boar's head which is consistent with the Coat of Arms for Heathley.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heatley research. Another 182 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Heatley History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Heatley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Heatley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Heatley, or a variant listed above:
Heatley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Heatley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Heatley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Heatley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Heatley 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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