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Where did the English Heatley family come from? What is the English Heatley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Heatley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Heatley family history?

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

  • John Heatley, aged 32, landed in Kansas in 1837

Heatley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Heatley, aged 21, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Mallard"

Heatley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Heatley, aged 20, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874


  • David Heatley (b. 1974), American cartoonist, illustrator, graphic designer and musician
  • Arthur Edward Heatley (1865-1941), English cricketer
  • Frank Heatley Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry at The University of Manchester
  • Dany James Heatley (b. 1981), German-born, Canadian professional NHL hockey player
  • Phil Reeve Heatley (b. 1967), New Zealand politician, Minister of Fisheries (2008-2010), Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture (2010-2011) and Minister of Housing (2008-2010)
  • Norman George Heatley (1911-2004), English member of the team of Oxford scientists who developed penicillin, his work went unrecognized for many years, yet in 1990 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Medicine from Oxford University, the first given to a non-medic
  • Jason Heatley (b. 1972), Australian rules footballer
  • Spike Heatley (b. 1933), British jazz bassist
  • Benjamin Basil Heatley (b. 1933), British silver medalist marathon runner at the 1964 Summer Olympics
  • William Clarence "Bill" Heatley (1920-1971), Australian politician, Senator for Queensland (1966-1968)



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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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