name Barleigh comes from the family having resided in the county of Hertfordshire
, where they took their name from the parish of Barley
. Barley is also a village in the borough of Pendle, in Lancashire
which dates back to 1266.
Early Origins of the Barleigh family
The surname Barleigh was first found in Hertfordshire
, and perhaps Essex
where Borley is a village and civil parish. Many of the family claim descent from the village and civil parish of Albury.
Early History of the Barleigh family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barleigh research.Another 76 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1591, 1451, 1521, 1501, 1466, 1487, 1529, 1529, 1557, 1565 and 1614 are included under the topic Early Barleigh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Barleigh Spelling Variations
Barleigh has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Barley, Barly, Barely, Barle, Barlay and others.
Early Notables of the Barleigh family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include William Barley (1451-1521) of Albury, Hertfordshire
. He was attainted of treason for his support of Perkin Warbeck and lost all his lands. Pardoned in 1501, he was once again in possession of his lands, including the manors of Wicken, Elsenham, Albury, Wickhamstead and... Another 63 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Barleigh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Barleigh family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Barleighs to arrive on North American shores: Anthony Barley who settled in Virginia in 1653; Elizabeth Barley settled in Barbados in 1654; Michael Barle arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1751.