The name Atherlay first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from their 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Early Origins of the Atherlay family
The surname Atherlay 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Atherlay family
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Atherlay Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Atherlay has appeared include Adderley, Adderly, Addly, Adley, Aderly, Atherly, Atherley, Hadderley and many more.
Early Notables of the Atherlay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Atherlay family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Atherlay arrived in North America very early: John Adderley who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1734; Edward Adderly settled in Philadelphia in 1760; Susanna Atherley settled in Virginia in 1768.