Antlay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Antlay family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Anctiville, Normandy, in the diocese of Coutances. The Antlay family migrated to England in the 11th century, settling in the county of Dorset.

Early Origins of the Antlay family

The surname Antlay was first found in the county of Dorset, in England, but for earlier origins the family can be traced to Tebotvilla in Normandy, where their territories were known as Weedon Beck. They accompanied Duke William of Normandy into England in 1066 and were granted lands in Dorset.

Important Dates for the Antlay family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Antlay research. Another 102 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1901 and 1636 are included under the topic Early Antlay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Antlay Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Anketill, Ankatell, Anketil, Ankatel, Anchetill, Anchetell and many more.

Early Notables of the Antlay family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Antlay family to Ireland

Some of the Antlay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 47 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Antlay family

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Antlay name or one of its variants: Henry Anketell who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1844; Edward Anketall settled in the same city in 1851. The spelling Antle is found to have arrived in Newfoundland, in the early 1700's and have settled now in the areas of Victoria, St. John's, Fox Cove and Botwood..

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