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Early Origins of the Hatleigh family

The surname Hatleigh was first found in Bedfordshire at Cockayne Hatley a parish, in the union and hundred of Biggleswade which borders onto Cambridgeshire. This parish dates back to Saxon times when it was known as Hattenleia, c. 960 and then by the Domesday Book of 1086, the parish was recorded as Hatelai. [1]

One of the first on record there was Arnold de Hateleia who was listed in the Feet of Fines in 1198. [2]

There are two other Hatley locations: Hatley (St. George), a parish, in the union of Caxton and Arrington, hundred of Longstow; and Hatley East (St. Dennis), a parish, in the union of Caxton and Arrington, hundred of Armingford, all in Cambridgeshire. [3]

The word Hatley literally means "woodland clearing on the hill" from the Old English haett + leah. [4]

Early History of the Hatleigh family

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Hatleigh Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Hatleigh has been recorded under many different variations, including Hartley, Hartly, Hatley, Haytley and others.

Early Notables of the Hatleigh family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Simon Hatley (1685-c. 1723), an English sailor and pirate, best remembered for killing an albatross during his second voyage with Alexander Selkirk in...
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Ireland Migration of the Hatleigh family to Ireland

Some of the Hatleigh family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hatleigh family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Hatleigh or a variant listed above: Elizabeth Hartley, who settled in Virginia in 1655; Jeremy Hartley settled in Barbados in 1635; Thomas Hartley settled in Virginia in 1642; William Hartley settled in Virginia in 1623..



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)


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