The origins of the Harriley name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived 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.
Early Origins of the Harriley family
The surname Harriley 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." 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." 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. 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
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)
Early History of the Harriley family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harriley research.Another 101 words (7 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 Harriley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Harriley Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Harriley were recorded, including Harley, Hurley, Harrily and others.
Early Notables of the Harriley family (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
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 Harriley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Harriley family to Ireland
Some of the Harriley family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Harriley family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Harriley family emigrate to North America: Edmund Harley settled in Maryland in 1725; Charles, Dennis, Edward, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Thomas and William Harley, all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..
The Harriley 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.