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Charley is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Charley family lived in Worcestershire. The Charley family was originally from Charlett, Normandy, and it is from this place that their surname derives. Charlett comes from a baptismal name which means Charles, which stems from the Old French name, Charlys. As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are hardly any Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.

Charley Early Origins



The surname Charley was first found in Worcestershire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Charley Spelling Variations


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Charley 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 Charley, Charly, Charlet, Charlett, Charlette and others.

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Charley Early History


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Charley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Charley research. Another 99 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Charley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Charley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Charley Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 19 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Charley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Charley In Ireland


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Charley In Ireland



Some of the Charley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 43 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Charley or a variant listed above:

Charley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mary Charley, who arrived in Maryland in 1674
  • William Charley, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682
  • Joseph Charley who settled in Pennsylvania in 1683
  • Jos Charley, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1683

Charley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Diedis Charley, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • William Charley, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

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Contemporary Notables of the name Charley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Charley (post 1700)



  • M. J. Charley, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1932
  • Sir Phillip Charley, President of Agricultural Society

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    3. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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    The Charley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Charley 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.

    This page was last modified on 1 December 2015 at 14:04.

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