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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?

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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.


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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.

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More information is included under the topic Early Medley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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

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  • William Francis Medley (b. 1952), American Roman Catholic clergyman, Bishop of the Diocese of Owensboro, former priest of the Archdiocese of Louisville
  • Philip "Phil" Medley (1916-1997), American songwriter, best known for his song "Twist & Shout"
  • Linda Medley (b. 1964), American comic book author and illustrator
  • Z. A. Medley, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1944
  • W. C. Medley, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1948
  • T. W. Medley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Mexico, 1912
  • Luke Medley, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1960; Mayor of Cookeville, Tennessee, 1963
  • Leila Medley, American Democrat politician, Member of Democratic National Committee from Missouri, 2008; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 2008
  • Lee Medley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2008
  • Beverly M. Medley, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1948

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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

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  1. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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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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