Show ContentsEardley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Eardley surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in the parish of Eardley in Staffordshire.

Early Origins of the Eardley family

The surname Eardley was first found in Staffordshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Eardley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eardley research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1273 and 1824 are included under the topic Early Eardley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Eardley Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Eardley include Eardley, Eardisley, Erdley, Eardlie, Ardley, Ardlie, Eardleigh, Ardleigh, Ardisley and many more.

Early Notables of the Eardley family

Notables of the family at this time include

  • Sir Culling Eardley

United States Eardley migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Eardley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Marjorie Eardley who settled in New England in 1760

Contemporary Notables of the name Eardley (post 1700) +

  • Richard Roy Eardley (1928-2012), American politician, three term Mayor of Boise, Idaho, from 1974 to 1986
  • Jon Eardley (1928-1991), American jazz trumpeter
  • Thomas K. Eardley Jr., American Democratic Party politician, Mayor of Wyoming, Michigan, 1969-77; Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 32nd District, 1978 [1]
  • Richard R. Eardley, American politician, Mayor of Boise, Idaho, 1974-85 [1]
  • James G. Eardley, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1956, 1960, 1964 [1]
  • Sir Culling Eardley Eardley (1805-1863), 3rd Baronet, born Culling Eardley Smith, an English Christian campaigner for religious freedom, one of the founders of the Evangelical Alliance [2]
  • Sir Eardley Gideon Culling Eardley (1838-1875), 4th Baronet, English peer
  • Sampson Eardley FRS (1744-1824), 1st Baron Eardley, an English Jewish banker in the City of London
  • William George "Billy" Eardley (b. 1871), English footballer who played from 1894 to 1897
  • Bertram Cooper "Bert" Eardley (b. 1879), English footballer who made 220 appearances and scored 40 goals from 1899 to 1910
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Eardley 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: Non nobis solum
Motto Translation: Not for ourselves alone.

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  2. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020 on Facebook