Artley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Artley comes from when the family resided in the village of Hartley which was in several English counties including Berkshire, Devon, Dorset, Kent, Lancashire, York and Northumberland. This place-name was originally derived from the Old English words hart which means a stag and lea which means a wood or clearing.

Early Origins of the Artley family

The surname Artley was first found in Lancashire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Artley family

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Artley Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Artley include Hartley, Hartly, Hartlay, Hartlaye, Hartlie, Hertley, Hertly, Hertlay, Hertelay, Hertheley, Hertleye, Hertlegh, Hartleigh and many more.

Early Notables of the Artley family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Artley family to Ireland

Some of the Artley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Artley migration to the United States

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Artley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Clara Ann Artley, aged 44, who immigrated to the United States, in 1896
Artley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Arthur Artley, aged 19, who landed in America, in 1922

Contemporary Notables of the name Artley (post 1700)

  • Brad Artley, American-based rock drummer
  • George Robert "Bob" Artley (1917-2011), American professional illustrator, commercial artist, cartoonist, and writer, best known for his feature panel "Memories of a Former Kid"
  • Sylvester Artley, American politician, Member of Illinois State Senate 3rd District, 1879-83 [1]


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 2) . Retrieved from
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