Atcherley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Atcherley is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from a family once having 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. [1]

Early Origins of the Atcherley family

The surname Atcherley 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." [2]

Important Dates for the Atcherley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Atcherley research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 163 and 1637 are included under the topic Early Atcherley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Atcherley Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Atcherley has been recorded under many different variations, including Adderley, Adderly, Addly, Adley, Aderly, Atherly, Atherley, Hadderley and many more.

Early Notables of the Atcherley family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Atcherley family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Atcherley or a variant listed above: John Adderley who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1734; Edward Adderly settled in Philadelphia in 1760; Susanna Atherley settled in Virginia in 1768.

Contemporary Notables of the name Atcherley (post 1700)

  • Sir Harold Winter Atcherley (1918-2017), British businessman and public figure, Chairman, Armed Forces' Pay Review Body (1971–1982), Chairman, Police Negotiating Board (1983–1986)
  • John Atcherley Dew (b. 1948), New Zealand Roman Catholic bishop and cardinal, the 6th Roman Catholic Archbishop of Wellington and the Metropolitan of New Zealand

Citations

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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