Borley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The origins of the Borley name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived 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 Borley family

The surname Borley 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.

Important Dates for the Borley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Borley 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 Borley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Borley Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Borley were recorded, including Barley, Barly, Barely, Barle, Barlay and others.

Early Notables of the Borley 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 Moulsham. he was High Sheriff of...
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Borley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Borley migration to the United States

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Borley family emigrate to North America:

Borley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Antho Borley, who landed in Virginia in 1653 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Borley (post 1700)

  • Wayne Borley, American actor, known for Faith, Hope and Charity (2007)
  • Clarence A. Borley, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Navy, during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
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