Featley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Featley family
The surname Featley was first found in Lancashire, where Simon de ffairclogh (note the double "f" and the lower case last name) was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1332. The name literally means 'dweller in the fair hollow' from the Middle English (clo(u)gh). 
Unfortunately, from this early reference, we must move the 16th century to find the next. "Fairclough has long been, and is still a Liverpool name. Thomas Fayerclough was mayor of Liverpool in 1544. There was a gentle family of Fairclough of Fairclough Hall, Herts, in the 17th century."  William Fayercliffe and Robert Fayredought were both listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Suffolk in 1568. Later, John Fayercloth was also listed in Suffolk in 1629. 
The Wills at Chester listed John Fairelough of Upholland in 1583. 
Interestingly, the Featley variant arose from Daniel Fairclough (1582-1645) who changed his name for unknown reasons and was the progenitor of that branch of the family. 
Early History of the Featley family
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Featley Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Fairclough, Faircloth, Faircliff, Faircluff and many more.
Early Notables of the Featley family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Samuel Fairclough (1594-1677), an English nonconformist divine from Haverhill, Suffolk. He was the youngest of the four sons of Lawrence Fairclough, vicar of Haverhill, by his wife Mary, daughter of John Cole of that town. His second son, Samuel Fairclough...
Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Featley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century