The ancestors of the bearers of the Bantlay family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in one of the many places called Bentley. These included parishes in the counties of Suffolk
, Derby, and Essex
, as well as a myriad of small hamlets throughout the counties of England. The surname is derived from Benet-legh
which literally means the field of Benedict.
Early Origins of the Bantlay family
The surname Bantlay was first found in Lancashire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Bantlay family
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Bantlay Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Bantlay include Bentley, Bentli, Bentlie, Bently and others.
Early Notables of the Bantlay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bantlay family to Ireland
Some of the Bantlay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 63 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bantlay family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Bantlay or a variant listed above: William Bentley who sailed aboard the "Free Love" in 1624 from England
, who settled in Virginia; Mary Bentley settled in New England
The Bantlay Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Viva ut vivas
Motto Translation: Live that you may live forever.