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Calverley is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Calverley family lived in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat on lands in the lordship of Calverley.

Calverley Early Origins



The surname Calverley was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire at Calverley, a parish, in the union of Bradford, wapentake of Morley. Today Calverley is a village in the City of Leeds metropolitan borough in West Yorkshire but the place name actually dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was first listed as Caverleia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and literally meant " clearing where calves are pastured," from the Old English words "calf" + "leah." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Nearby is Calverley Old Hall, a medieval manor house which is believed to have been built (1485-1495) by the Calverleys. Today the property is held by the Landmark Trust. Baron Calverley is a recent barony created in 1945 for George Muff, the Labour politician. Calverleigh is a village, parish and former manor in Devon that also dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Calodelie and later as Calewudelega in 1194. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
However, this later village was held by the Nagle family for many years.

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Calverley Spelling Variations


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Calverley Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Calverley, Calveley, Calverlie, Calverly and others.

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Calverley Early History


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Calverley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Calverley research. Another 405 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1605, 1608, 1136, 1700, 1658, 1394, 1670, 1749, 1605, 1608 and 1607 are included under the topic Early Calverley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Calverley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Calverley Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Hugh Calveley (died 1394), an English knight and commander, who took part in the Hundred Years' War; his effigy lies at St Boniface's Church, Bunbury, Cheshire; Sir Walter Calverley (1670-1749), 1st Baronet of Calverley in the County of York; and Sir John...

Another 78 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Calverley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Calverley or a variant listed above:

Calverley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Calverley who settled in Philadelphia with his two brothers, Thomas and William, in 1848
  • George Calverley, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852

Calverley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • James Calverley, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States from York, England, in 1905
  • Clara Calverley, aged 15, who landed in America from Huddersfield, England, in 1908
  • Dan B. Calverley, aged 42, who emigrated to the United States from Huddersfield, England, in 1908
  • Ida Calverley, aged 14, who emigrated to America from Huddersfield, England, in 1908
  • Walter Calverley, who landed in America, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Calverley Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Frederick E. Calverley, aged 30, who emigrated to Whitby, Ontario, Canada, in 1910
  • John J. Calverley, aged 26, who emigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1916
  • Florence Calverley, aged 24, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1916

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Contemporary Notables of the name Calverley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Calverley (post 1700)



  • David Smith Calverley (1937-2008), American psychologist who studied "hypnotic behaviour" with Theodore Xenophon Barber
  • Ernest A. "Ernie" Calverley (1924-2003), American college basketball guard who led the Basketball Association of America in assists per game
  • Selwin Calverley (1855-1900), English silver medalist sailor at the 1900 Summer Olympics
  • Charles Stuart Calverley (1831-1884), born Charles Stuart Blayds, an English poet and parodist
  • The Rev. William Slater Calverley (1847-1898), English vicar from Yorkshire who became an extraordinary amateur antiquarian
  • Bruce Calverley (b. 1918), Australian rules footballer

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Motto


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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: Ex caligine veritas
Motto Translation: Truth out of darkness.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  4. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  11. ...

The Calverley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Calverley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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