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The ancestors of the name Harley date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in Harley, a place-name found in Shropshire and in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The place-name is derived from the Old English words hare, which meant hare or rabbit, and leah, which meant forest clearing. The name as a whole meant "clearing with lots of rabbits." The original bearers of the name lived near or in such a clearing.

Harley Early Origins



The surname Harley was first found in Shropshire where "it appears that Edward and Hernulf, living in the first half of the twelfth century, were lords of Harley, and the ancestors of the race who were afterwards denominated therefrom. Sixth in descent from William de Harley living in 1231 was Sir Robert de Harley." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
"In an ancient leiger book of the abbey of Pershore, in Worcestershire is a commemoration of a noble warrior of this name, who commanding an army under Ethelred, king of England, in his wars against Sweyn, king of Denmark, gave the Danes a great defeat near that town, about the year 1013." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
By the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, the name was scattered throughout Britain: Henry de Herley in Berkshire; and Clemens de Herleghe in Somerset. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 lists Matilda Herlay and Willelmus Herlay. [3]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)
Further north in Scotland, listings of the family were found in Fife and Clackmannanshire. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

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Harley Spelling Variations


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Harley Spelling Variations



Harley has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Harley, Hurley, Harrily and others.

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Harley Early History


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Harley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harley research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1098, 1782, 1319, 1354, 1558, 1549, 1579, 1656, 1624, 1700, 1664, 1735, 1703, 1735, 1695, 1698, 1661 and 1724 are included under the topic Early Harley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Harley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Harley Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include William Hurley (known works 1319-1354), king's master carpenter for King Edward III; John Harley (died 1558), an English Bishop of Hereford; John Harley, High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1549; Sir Robert Harley (1579-1656), an English statesman who served as Master of the...

Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Harley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Harley In Ireland


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Harley In Ireland



Some of the Harley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 41 words (3 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



In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Harleys to arrive on North American shores:

Harley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Susana Harley, who arrived in Maryland in 1673
  • Mary Harley, who landed in Maryland in 1679

Harley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Daniell Harley, who arrived in Virginia in 1706
  • Edmund Harley settled in Maryland in 1725
  • Johannes Harley, aged 25, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738

Harley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Harley, aged 26, landed in New York in 1812
  • Thomas Harley, who arrived in New York in 1824
  • Elizabeth Harley, who landed in New York in 1840
  • Catharine Harley, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Cath Harley, aged 11, landed in New York in 1854
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Harley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Richard Harley, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Charity" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • Daniel Harley, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Charity" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • Thomas Harley, aged 32, a weaver, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Providence" from Cork, Ireland

Harley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Harley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm
  • James Harley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Emily" in 1849
  • Michael Harley, aged 28, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Agincourt"

Harley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Charles Harley landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Ld Auckland
  • Elizabeth Harley, aged 24, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • W. D. Harley arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "John Masterman" in 1857
  • Thomas Harley arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "William Watson" in 1859
  • John Harley, aged 18, a blacksmith, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Harley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Harley (post 1700)



  • W. H. Harley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1948
  • Russell Aubrey Harley, American politician, Member of South Carolina State Senate from Newberry County, 1957-60
  • Robert Bruce Harley, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Pernambuco, 1943
  • Joseph Emile Harley (1880-1942), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1928; Governor of South Carolina, 1941-42
  • Jonas S. Harley, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1904
  • John T. Harley, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, 1921
  • James E. Harley, American politician, Mayor of Aurora, Illinois, 1919
  • Harry K. Harley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964
  • Clinton S. Harley (b. 1878), American Republican politician, Cemetery operator; Member of Washington State House of Representatives, 1943-45; Member of Washington State Senate 43rd District, 1947
  • B. G. Harley, American politician, Candidate for Representative from Arkansas in the Confederate Congress 3rd District, 1861
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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: Virtute et fide
Motto Translation: By valour and faith.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. 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. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm

Other References

  1. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  3. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  6. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  8. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. 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. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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The Harley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Harley 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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