Cantelay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Cantelay name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Cantelay was originally derived from a family having lived in the village of Cantley in either the counties of Norfolk or Yorkshire.

Early Origins of the Cantelay family

The surname Cantelay was first found in Norfolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Cantelay family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cantelay research. Another 170 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1198, 1379, 1452, 1581, 1626, 1790, 1797, 1500 and 1854 are included under the topic Early Cantelay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cantelay 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 Cantelay include Cantlay, Cantley, Cantele, Cantelay, Cantuli, Cantlie, Gantlet, Gantley and many more.

Early Notables of the Cantelay family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Cantelay family

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: Alexander Cantley who arrived in Philadelphia in 1852. on Facebook
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