Show ContentsHansley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Hansley surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in the settlement of Onslow in the county of Shropshire. The surname Hansley belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Hansley family

The surname Hansley was first found in Shropshire at Onslow, where the family went "as far back as the time of Richard I., and probably much earlier. The first recorded ancestor is John de Ondeslowe, whose grandson, Waring, was father of 'Roger de Ondelsowe, juxta Shresbury,' whose son Thomas was living in the twelve [year] of Edward II, 1318." [1]

Early History of the Hansley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hansley research. Another 170 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1571, 1601, 1622, 1628, 1641, 1642, 1654, 1660, 1664, 1685, 1688, 1708, 1710, 1714, 1715, 1717, 1721 and 1801 are included under the topic Early Hansley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hansley Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Hansley include Onslow, Onsley and others.

Early Notables of the Hansley family

Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Richard Onslow (1601-1664), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1628 and 1664, he fought on the Parliamentary side during the English Civil War; and his second son, Sir Arthur Onslow, 1st Baronet (1622-1688), an English politician who...
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Hansley Ranking

In the United States, the name Hansley is the 16,515th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

Australia Hansley migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hansley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mary Hansley, who arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839 [3]

The Hansley Motto +

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: Festina lente
Motto Translation: Be quick without impetuosity.

  1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THE DUCHESS OF NORTHUMBERLAND - 1839. Retrieved from on Facebook