origin and comes from a family once having lived in the village of Adderley in Shropshire; the village was known as "Eldredelei" in the
and was held by Nigel the Doctor.
at Adderley, a village and civil parish that literally means "woodland clearing of a woman called Athryth," from the Old English
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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.
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.