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The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought much change to the island nation, including many immigrants with new names. Among these immigrants were the ancestors of the Whiteley family, who lived in Devon, in the township of Whitleigh. Today Whiteley Bank, also spelled "Whitely Bank", is a small hamlet on the Isle of Wight, England and Whiteley is a community in the county of Hampshire founded in the 1980s.

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The surname Whiteley was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from 1066, and Robert d'Aumale held the village of Whitleigh from Bishop Odo. The village is now a part of the city of Plymouth, and conjectural descent from Robert is most likely.

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Whitley, Whiteley, Whitleigh, Whytleigh, Whyteleigh, Wytley, Whitlie and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whiteley research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1340, 1638, 1618, 1697, 1660, 1681, 1681, 1685, 1689 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Whiteley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whiteley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Whiteley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 51 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Whiteley or a variant listed above:

Whiteley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Arthur Whiteley, who landed in Maryland in 1676

Whiteley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • William Henry Whiteley, who settled in Boston in 1800
  • A.W. Whiteley, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1892
  • Edw. Whiteley, aged 27, who landed in America from London, in 1892
  • Andrew J. Whiteley, aged 20, who landed in America from London, in 1897

Whiteley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Agnes Whiteley, aged 39, who settled in America from Leeds, England, in 1907
  • Blanche Whiteley, aged 3, who emigrated to the United States from Sheffield, England, in 1909
  • Carricana Whiteley, aged 20, who emigrated to America from Lowerby Bridge, England, in 1910
  • Ben Whiteley, aged 32, who settled in America from Halifax, England, in 1910
  • Edmund Whiteley, aged 23, who settled in America from Leeds, England, in 1911


Whiteley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • John Whiteley, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

Whiteley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Catherine Whiteley, aged 18, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "British Empire"

Whiteley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John Whiteley landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
  • George Whiteley, aged 39, a joiner, arrived in Malborough aboard the ship "Gainsborough" in 1878
  • Margaret Whiteley, aged 35, arrived in Malborough aboard the ship "Gainsborough" in 1878
  • David J. Whiteley, aged 10, arrived in Malborough aboard the ship "Gainsborough" in 1878
  • George A.A. Whiteley, aged 7, arrived in Malborough aboard the ship "Gainsborough" in 1878


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  • William Gustavus Whiteley (1819-1886), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Delaware, 1860, 1876; Superior Court Judge in Delaware, 1884-86
  • Richard Henry Whiteley (1830-1890), American Republican politician, Delegate to Georgia State Constitutional Convention, 1867; U.S. Representative from Georgia 2nd District, 1870-75
  • Harry W. Whiteley, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1924
  • Emily S. Whiteley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1936
  • Frank Yewell Whiteley Jr. (1915-2008), American Thoroughbred racehorse trainer, inducted in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1978
  • David A. Whiteley (b. 1944), retired American Thoroughbred horse racing trainer who trained three Champions
  • William Henry Whiteley (1834-1903), American inventor best known for the inventing the cod trap in 1865
  • First Lieutenant Eli Whiteley (1913-1986), American officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • Mr. Thomas Whiteley, aged 18, English First Class Saloon Steward from London, England who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in collapsible B
  • John Richard Whiteley OBE, DL (1943-2005), was an English broadcaster and journalist, best known for his twenty-three years as host of the game show Countdown

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  • A Family History of Williams, Eaton, McBroom, Whiteley, and Related Lines by E. Derl Williams.
  • Joseph Whiteley, Sr. and His Descendants in America, 1751-1990 by Dorris Easley Estes.
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The Whiteley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Whiteley 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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