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Early Origins of the Hatley family

The surname Hatley was first found in Bedfordshire at Cockayne Hatley a parish, in the union and hundred of Biggleswade which borders onto Cambridgeshire. [1] [2] This parish dates back to Saxon times when it was known as Hattenleia, c. 960 [3] and then by the Domesday Book of 1086, the parish was recorded as Hatelai. [4]

One of the first on record there was Arnold de Hateleia who was listed in the Feet of Fines in 1198. Later, Agnes de Hatleye was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Worcestershire in 1275. [1]

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. [5]

The word Hatley literally means "woodland clearing on the hill" from the Old English haett + leah. [3]

Early History of the Hatley family

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Hatley Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Hatley include Hartley, Hartly, Hatley, Haytley and others.

Early Notables of the Hatley 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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Hatley Ranking

In the United States, the name Hatley is the 4,286th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [6]

Ireland Migration of the Hatley family to Ireland

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United States Hatley migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hatley or a variant listed above:

Hatley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Hatley, aged 15, who landed in New England in 1635 [7]
  • John and Elizabeth Hatley who settled in Virginia in 1656
Hatley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hannah Hatley, who settled in Maryland in Maryland in 1730

Australia Hatley migration to Australia +

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

Hatley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Hatley, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia [8]

New Zealand Hatley migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hatley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Richard H. Hatley, aged 19, a carpenter, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • Harriett Hatley, aged 25, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Hatley (post 1700) +

  • Charles Hatley (b. 1986), American Welterweight professional boxer, nicknamed "The Future"
  • Adam Hatley (b. 1974), American actor, known for his roles in The Hanged Man (2007), Mr. Romance (2005) and Off the Lip (2004)
  • James D Hatley Ph.D., American Professor of Philosophy at Salisbury University in Maryland
  • Thomas Marvin Hatley (1905-1986), professionally known simply as Marvin Hatley, an American film composer and musical director, best known for his work for the Hal Roach studio from 1929 until 1940
  • Billy Ray Hatley, American blues musician
  • Michael Hatley, American photographer
  • Neal Hatley (b. 1969), English rugby union footballer
  • Captain John Hatley RN (1762-1832), English officer of the British Royal Navy, known for being one of the junior officers on board Captain James Cook's third voyage in HMS Resolution, aged approximately 14
  • Tim Hatley (b. 1967), British Tony award, Drama Desk and Laurence Olivier Award winning production designer whose recent work includes "Closer" and "Spamalot" on Broadway
  • James Hatley Frere (1779-1866), English writer on prophecy, the sixth son of John Frere, of Roydon, South Norfolk, and Beddington, Surrey [9]

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  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  5. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  6. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  7. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  8. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from
  9. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020 on Facebook