Origins Available: English, French
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.
Early Origins of the Charley family
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.
Early History of the Charley family
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.
Charley Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Charley family (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.
Migration of the Charley family to 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.
Migration of the Charley family to the New World and Oceana
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
Charley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Charley (post 1700)
Charley Family Crest Products