The surname Chatterley was first found in Staffordshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1388 when Roger Chatterley held a family seat in Warwickshire where the family had also acquired estates but they are believed to have been originally from Staffordshire.
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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Chatterley has been recorded under many different variations, including Chatterley, Chaterley, Chatterly, Catterley, Catterley and many more.
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Chatterley or a variant listed above:
Chatterley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
George Chatterley, aged 17, who landed in America, in 1918
Lillie Chatterley, aged 33, who settled in America from Birkenhead, England, in 1919
Simpson Chatterley, aged 22, who landed in America from Wigan, England, in 1923