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Where did the English Medley family come from? What is the English Medley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Medley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Medley family history?
Spelling variations of this family name include: Medley, Medleigh, Madley, Madleigh, Medlie, Medlee and many more.
First found in Sussex 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 13th century when they held a family seat at Buxsted.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Medley research. Another 331 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1510, and 1600 are included under the topic Early Medley History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Medley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Medley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Medley, who landed in Maryland in 1633-1641
- Robert and John Medley, who came to Virginia in 1635
- Elizabeth Medley, who landed in Maryland in 1638
- Robert Medley, who landed in Virginia in 1641
- William Medley, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
Medley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- A G Medley, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
Medley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Medley, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Marshall Bennett"
- Susannah Medley, aged 23, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Flora"
Medley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Hephzibah Medley arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of the Avon" in 1863
- Florence Medley arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of the Avon" in 1863
- Laura Medley arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of the Avon" in 1863
- Ernest Medley arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of the Avon" in 1863
- William Thomas "Bill" Medley (b. 1940), American singer and songwriter, best known as one half of The Righteous Brothers singing duo
- Linda Medley (b. 1964), American comic book author and illustrator
- Philip "Phil" Medley (1916-1997), American songwriter, best known for his song "Twist & Shout"
- William Francis Medley (b. 1952), American Roman Catholic clergyman, Bishop of the Diocese of Owensboro, former priest of the Archdiocese of Louisville
- Leslie Medley (1920-2001), English soccer player
- Luke Medley (b. 1989), English footballer
- Charles Robert Owen Medley CBE RA (1905-1994), English abstract and figurative painter
- Henry Medley (1687-1747), Royal Navy officer, Governor of Newfoundland in 1739
- John Medley (1804-1892), first Church of England bishop of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
- Susan Gayle "Sue" Medley (b. 1962), Canadian Juno Award winning rock musician
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: In deo fides
Motto Translation: Faith in God
- Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
- Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
- Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
- Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
- Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
- Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
- Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
- Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
The Medley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Medley 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.
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