Badley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Badley is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo Saxon tribes of Britain. The first people to bear this distinguished name lived at Badley, a parish, in the union and hundred of Bosmere and Claydon, E. division of Suffolk, [1] or at Baddeley Green in Staffordshire. The latter dates back to 1227 when it was known as Baddilige and literally meant "woodland clearing or a man called Badda." [2]

Other sources note that the family could have originated at Baddiley, a parish in Cheshire, near Nantwich. [3] [4] [5]

Early Origins of the Badley family

The surname Badley was first found in Hampshire where Robert de Badelea was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1187. Later, Gilbert de Badele was found in the Assize Rolls for Lancashire in 1227 and John de Baddyleye in the Subsidy Rolls for Staffordshire in 1327. [6]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 include William de Badeleye, Essex and Geoffrey de Badele, Suffolk. [3]

Robert de Badele, Norfolk, Henry III— Edward I was listed in the Testa de Nevill, sive Liber Feodorum, temp. Henry III- Edward I. [7]

Early History of the Badley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Badley research. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1608, 1703, 1646, 1708, 1688, 1708, 1648, 1704, 1650, 1653 and 1650 are included under the topic Early Badley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Badley Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Badley family name include Baddely, Baddeley, Baddiley, Badley, Badly, Badely, Badgely, Badlely and many more.

Early Notables of the Badley family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Battely (Batteley) (1646-1708), an English antiquary and clergyman, Archdeacon of Canterbury (1688-1708); and his brother Nicholas Battely (1648-1704), an English clergyman and antiquary, editor of William Somner’s Cantuaria Sacra. Richard Baddeley...
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United States Badley migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Badley surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Badley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Badley, who settled in Virginia in 1642
  • Thomas Badley, who arrived in Virginia in 1642 [8]
  • Robert Badley, who arrived in Maryland in 1667 [8]
Badley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Badley, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1867 [8]

New Zealand Badley migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Badley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Badley, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Artemesia" in 1854
  • R. Badley, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Lord Burleigh" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 8th August 1856 [9]
  • John Badley, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863 [10]
  • Jane Badley, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863 [10]
  • David Badley, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863 [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Badley (post 1700) +

  • John Badley F.R.C.S. (1783-1870), English surgeon, Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons
  • John Haden Badley (1865-1967), English author, educator, founder of Bedales School in 1893
  • Jack Badley, West Indian cricket umpire in one Test match, West Indies vs. England, in 1930


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  5. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  6. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  7. ^ Testa de Nevill or "Liber Feodorum" or "Book of Fees," thought to have been written by Ralph de Nevill, for King John (1199–1216)
  8. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 12th December 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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