Atcherly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Atcherly has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family 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 Atcherly family
The surname Atcherly 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 Atcherly family
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Atcherly Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Atcherly have been found, including Adderley, Adderly, Addly, Adley, Aderly, Atherly, Atherley, Hadderley and many more.
Early Notables of the Atcherly family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Atcherly family
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Atcherly, 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.