Filley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Filley family
The surname Filley was first found in Essex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Norman influence of English history prevailed after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience dominated. The family name was first referenced in the year 1245 when Richard was recorded as Fitz le Roy, that is 'son of the King' and we may allude to the reference to be that of King John. This tradition has remained in the family to this day. However, there was an earlier family of Fitzroy who was the illegitimate son of King Henry 1st about 1140. The parish of Euston in Suffolk was home to another branch of the family. "Euston Hall, the seat of the Duke of Grafton, is a handsome mansion, with a park tastefully arranged, in which is the church, forming an interesting feature in the demesne. The church, a handsome edifice with a tower, was erected in the reign of Charles II., by Lord Henry Arlington, to whom there is a monument; it also contains several memorials to the Fitzroy family, whose place of sepulture it is, and some slabs with ancient brasses." 
Important Dates for the Filley family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Filley research. Another 223 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1617, 1650, 1684, 1665, 1716, 1663, 1690, 1683, 1757, 1720 and 1724 are included under the topic Early Filley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Filley Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Filley family name include Fillery, Filley, Fillary, Fildry, Filary, Filery, Filey, Fillie, Fildery, Filleigh, Fitzroy, Fitzroi and many more.
Early Notables of the Filley family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Filley (1617-?), English settler and founder of Windsor, Connecticut; Charlotte FitzRoy (1650-1684), one of the many acknowledged illegitimate children of King Charles II; Lieutenant-General George FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Northumberland, KG, PC (1665-1716), the third and youngest illegitimate son of...
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Migration of the Filley family
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Filley family to immigrate North America: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..
Contemporary Notables of the name Filley (post 1700)
- Patrick J. Filley (1923-2000), American football guard, coach and university administrator
- Oliver D. Filley (1806-1881), American politician, 16th Mayor of St. Louis, Missouri (1858-1861)
- Marcus Lucius "Mark" Filley (1912-1995), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Washington Senators in 1934
- Chauncey I. Filley (1829-1923), American politician, 18th Mayor of St. Louis, Missouri (1863-1864)
- Major-General Dwight Filley Davis (1879-1945), American Governor-General of the Philippines (1929-1932) 
- Dwight Filley Davis (1879-1945), 49th United States Secretary of War (1925-1929) and avid tennis enthusiast, eponym of the Davis Cup
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