The ancestors of the Bantley surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name comes from when they lived 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 Bantley family
The surname Bantley was first found in Lancashire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Bantley family
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Bantley Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Bantley include Bentley, Bentli, Bentlie, Bently and others.
Early Notables of the Bantley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bantley family to Ireland
Some of the Bantley 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 Bantley family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: William Bentley who sailed aboard the "Free Love" in 1624 from England
, who settled in Virginia; Mary Bentley settled in New England
The Bantley 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.