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Chorley is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Chorley family lived in Lancashire. The name is mainly derived from a place called Chorley in Lancashire. However, there are many other places so named in England, and isolated cases may derive from those places.

Chorley Early Origins



The surname Chorley was first found in Lancashire 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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Chorley Spelling Variations


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Chorley 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 Chorley, Chorly and others.

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Chorley Early History


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Chorley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chorley research. Another 205 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chorley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Chorley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Chorley Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Chorley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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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 Chorley or a variant listed above:

Chorley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Chorley, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682
  • Joseph Chorley, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1683
  • Joseph Chorley who settled in Delaware Bay in 1683
  • Joseph Chorley settled in Virginia in 1690

Chorley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Chorley arrived in New Orleans in 1820
  • Henry Chorley settled in Philadelphia in 1829

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Contemporary Notables of the name Chorley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Chorley (post 1700)



  • Henry Fothergill Chorley, English music critic
  • Ben Chorley, English football player
  • Robert Samuel Theodore Chorley QC (b. 1895), 1st Baron Chorley, a British legal scholar, public servant and Labour politician
  • Roger Richard Edward Chorley (b. 1930), 2nd Baron Chorley, a British chartered accountant and peer
  • Professor Richard John Chorley (1927-2002), Vice-Master, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University
  • Charles Chorley, British Parliamentary Council

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Chorley Historic Events


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Chorley Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. John Henry Chorley (d. 1912), aged 25, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    8. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    9. 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.
    10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    11. ...

    The Chorley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chorley 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 20 November 2016 at 01:50.

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