Hadlie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The present generation of the Hadlie family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in Hadleigh or Hadley, a place-name found in numerous locations in England. The root of these names is common, however; they are all derived from the Old English roots hæth and leah, which taken together mean "forest clearing where the heather grows." [1]

Early Origins of the Hadlie family

The surname Hadlie was first found in Essex at Hadleigh, a parish, in the union and hundred of Rochford. [2]

Over in Suffolk, Hadleigh was a market-town and parish, in the union and hundred of Cosford. "This town, which was probably founded during the heptarchy, about which period a monastery is said to have been established by one of the Saxon kings, was called by the Anglo-Saxons Headlege, whence it derived its modern name. Some of the kings of East Anglia were interred here; as also was Guthrum, or Gormo, a Danish chief, who submitted to Alfred the Great, and renounced paganism after the defeat of the Danes at the battle of Ethandune, now Eddington, in the county of Wilts: a tomb is still shown in the church as the monument of Guthrum (who died in 889)" [2]

"In Essex and Suffolk I find two parishes of Hadleigh, and in Middlesex a parish Hadley." [3] Another source notes: "Hædleáh in an Anglo-Saxon will of the 10th century." [4]

The first record of the family was indeed found in Suffolk. Matilda de Hadlega was listed there in the Pipe Rolls of 1194. Warin de Hadlai was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Yorkshire in 1212 and John Hadley was listed in the Feet of Fines for Essex in 1390. [5]

Early History of the Hadlie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hadlie research. Another 67 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1194, 1379, 1685, 1768, 1682, 1744, 1730 and 1691 are included under the topic Early Hadlie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hadlie Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Hadlie include Hadley, Hadleigh and others.

Early Notables of the Hadlie family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include George Hadley (1685-1768), an English lawyer and amateur meteorologist, epoymn of the Hadley cell and The Met Office Hadley Centre for Climate Change John Hadley (1682-1744), was an English mathematician, inventor of the octant and precursor to the sextant around...
Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hadlie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hadlie family

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Hadlie were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: George Hadley settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630; David and John Hadley settled in Virginia in 1772; Martha Hadley arrived in Maryland in 1736; Mrs. R. Hadley arrived in San Francisco with her child in 1860..



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  5. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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