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The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought much change to the island nation, including many immigrants with new names. Among these immigrants were the ancestors of the Handley family, who lived in Handley, Hampshire. The name was local in nature, and was originally derived from the Old English words heah, which meant high, and leah, which meant wood. Another derivation indicates that the name is a corruption of the Norman place-name Andeli which was brought over after the Conquest in 1066. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
And yet another source claims the name was derived from Hanley, parishes in Staffordshire, Worcestershire, and Lincolnshire. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


Handley Early Origins



The surname Handley was first found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 in various counties and shires: Tristram de Hanle in Suffolk; William de Hanleye Salop (Shropshire); and Warin de Hannclaye in Lincolnshire. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Robertus de Hannclay; Peter de Hanlay; and Willelmus de Hanlay. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Handley Spelling Variations


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Handley Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Handley were recorded, including Handley, Hanley, Handeley, Hanly and others.

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Handley Early History


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Handley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Handley research. Another 243 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1605, 1611 and 1619 are included under the topic Early Handley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Handley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Handley Early Notables (pre 1700)



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Handley In Ireland


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Handley In Ireland



Some of the Handley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Handley arrived in North America very early:

Handley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Handley, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Robert Handley, aged 19, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • William Handley, who settled in Virginia in 1648
  • Deborah Handley, who landed in Maryland in 1650

Handley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Handley, who arrived in New England in 1756
  • Jane Handley, who settled in Maryland in 1775

Handley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Handley, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1817
  • Patrick Ward Handley, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1847
  • Daniel Handley, who arrived in St Clair County, Rhode Island in 1868
  • Alex Handley, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872

Handley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Richard Handley, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1821

Handley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Martin Handley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Helen Thompson" in 1840 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HELEN THOMPSON 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840HelenThompson.gif
  • Sarah A. Handley, aged 18, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Mallard"

Handley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Handley landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Martha Ridgway
  • John Handley, aged 30, a millwright, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Martha Handley, aged 30, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Thomas Handley, aged 8, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • William Handley, aged 6, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Handley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Handley (post 1700)



  • Louis Handley (1874-1950), American Olympic gold medalist for swimming at the 1904 Summer Games
  • Margie Handley (b. 1940), American Republican politician,Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 2004
  • Laurence A. Handley, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana 6th District, 1924; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1932
  • John R. Handley, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1916, 1928, 1932
  • John J. Handley, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 51st District, 1938
  • J. H. Handley, American politician, Mayor of Lake Charles, Louisiana, 1937
  • Harold Willis Handley (1909-1972), American Republican politician, Governor of Indiana, 1957-61; Candidate for U.S. Senator from Indiana, 1958; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1960
  • George Handley (1752-1793), American politician, Delegate to Georgia convention to ratify U.S. constitution, 1788; Governor of Georgia, 1788-89; Richmond County Sheriff, 1790-93
  • Cynthia M. Handley (b. 1941), American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Florida, 2000; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 2004
  • Maria Handley, American Democrat politician, Member of Democratic National Committee from Colorado, 2008; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 2008
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Handley Historic Events


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Handley Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Arthur M Handley, British Mechanician 1st Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HELEN THOMPSON 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840HelenThompson.gif

Other References

  1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  2. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  3. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. 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.
  9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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The Handley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Handley 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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