Adlay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The lineage of the name Adlay begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in the village of Adderley in Shropshire ; the village was known as "Eldredelei" in the Domesday Book and was held by Nigel the Doctor. 
One source notes a Norman connection to the family: "The name was derived from Doussainville, between Paris and Orleans. This family of De Dunstanville continued barons of Adderley in 1255. Henry de Adderley, a younger son, occurs in Staffordshire, 13th century , and 1310 Robert de Adderle is mentioned . The usage of those ages restricted the name of the barony to the family of its lords." 
Early Origins of the Adlay family
The surname Adlay was first found in Shropshire at Adderley, a village and civil parish that literally means "woodland clearing of a woman called Athryth," from the Old English personal name + "leah." 
Early History of the Adlay family
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Adlay Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Adlay has undergone many spelling variations, including Adderley, Adderly, Addly, Adley, Aderly, Atherly, Atherley, Hadderley and many more.
Early Notables of the Adlay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Adlay family
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Adlay were among those contributors: John Adderley who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1734; Edward Adderly settled in Philadelphia in 1760; Susanna Atherley settled in Virginia in 1768.