Atherley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Atherley is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the 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. [1]

Early Origins of the Atherley family

The surname Atherley 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 Atherley family

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

Atherley Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Atherley are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Atherley include: Adderley, Adderly, Addly, Adley, Aderly, Atherly, Atherley, Hadderley and many more.

Early Notables of the Atherley family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Atherley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Atherley migration to the United States

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Atherley or a variant listed above:

Atherley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Susanna Atherley, who settled in Virginia in 1768

Contemporary Notables of the name Atherley (post 1700)

  • Arthur Atherley (1772-1844), English politician, Member of Parliament for Southampton (1806-1807), (1812-1818) and (1831-1835)

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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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