Cayley is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Cayley family lived in Norfolk
, where they were Lords of the Castle of Cailly.
Early Origins of the Cayley family
The surname Cayley was first found in Norfolk
where one of the first records of the name was William de Kailli, de Caly who was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of 1210. Alternatively the name Caley, is a fairly common Manx name. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Cayley family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cayley research.Another 297 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1661, 1610, 1681, 1602, 1667, 1640, 1635, 1708, 1654, 1727, 1663, 1717 and 1576 are included under the topic Early Cayley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cayley Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Cailly, Calley, Callis, Cally, Caley, Cayley and many more.
Early Notables of the Cayley family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Cawley (1602-1667), British politician, MP for Midhurst in 1640 and regicide who fled to the Netherlands
and then Switzerland
after the Restoration; Sir William Cayley, 2nd Baronet
(1635-c. 1708); Sir Arthur Cayley, 3rd Baronet (c.
1654-1727); and John Calley... Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cayley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cayley family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, travelling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Cayley or a variant listed above:
Cayley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- J Cayley, aged 35, who landed in New York, NY in 1849 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Cayley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Harriet Cayley, aged 29, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Star Queen" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Monday 1st January 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Star Queen 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/starqueen1854.shtml
Cayley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Thomas Cayley, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Bernian
- Thomas Cayley, aged 38, a shipwright, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
- Mary Ann Cayley, aged 37, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
- Rebecca Cayley, aged 13, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
- Thomas Cayley, aged 11, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
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Contemporary Notables of the name Cayley (post 1700)
- Sir George Allanson Cayley (1831-1895), 8th Baronet, an English first-class cricketer for Cambridge University
- Sir Digby William David Cayley (b. 1944), 11th Baronet of Brompton, English peer
- Sir Kenelm Henry Ernest Cayley (1896-1967), 10th Baronet of Brompton, English peer
- Sir George Everard Arthur Cayley (1861-1917), 9th Baronet of Brompton, English peer
- Sir George Allanson Cayley (1831-1895), 8th Baronet of Brompton, English peer
- Sir Digby Cayley (1807-1883), 7th Baronet of Brompton, English peer
- Sir Thomas Cayley (1732-1792), 5th Baronet of Brompton, English peer
- Sir George Cayley (1707-1791), 4th Baronet of Brompton, English peer
- Charles Bagot Cayley (1823-1883), English linguist
- Arthur Cayley (1821-1895), English mathematician who postulated the Cayley-Hamilton theorem and Cayley's theorem, eponym of the Cayley lunar crater
- ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Historic Events for the Cayley family
- Mr. John James Cayley (1871-1914), Canadian First Class Passenger from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
The Cayley 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: Callide et honeste
Motto Translation: Wisely and honourably.