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The ancient history of the Headley name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in one of a variety of similarly-named places. Headley in Hampshire is the oldest. The surname Headley belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Headley Early Origins



The surname Headley was first found in Shropshire and Hampshire. One of the first records of the name was Siward de Hedeleia who was listed in 1148, in Winton, Hampshire. Stephen de Hedleye was listed the Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire in 1327. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Alan de Hedleg, and Nicholas de Heddeleg in Shropshire and the Yorkshire Poll Tax Records of 1379 list Willelmus de Hedlay and Margareta de Hedelay. [2]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)

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Headley Spelling Variations


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Headley 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 Headley include Headley, Heggeley, Headly, Hedley, Hedly, Hedlegg, Hedleigh, Headlee, Headleigh, Hegeley and many more.

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Headley Early History


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Headley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Headley research. Another 345 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1273 and 1832 are included under the topic Early Headley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Headley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Headley Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Headley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Headley or a variant listed above:

Headley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Elizabeth Headley, who arrived in Maryland in 1665

Headley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Headley settled in Maryland in 1722
  • Michael Headley, who landed in America in 1764

Headley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Headley, who arrived in Indiana in 1852
  • John Headley, who arrived in Indiana in 1852
  • James Headley, aged 34, landed in New York in 1854
  • John, Edward, and Jacob Headley arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1865

Headley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Headley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MOFFATT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Moffatt.htm
  • Ann Headley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MOFFATT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Moffatt.htm
  • Sarah Arabella Headley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MOFFATT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Moffatt.htm
  • John Edward Headley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MOFFATT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Moffatt.htm

Headley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Headley landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840

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Contemporary Notables of the name Headley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Headley (post 1700)



  • Samuel F. Headley, American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 9th District, 1841-43
  • Russell Headley, American Democrat politician, National Democratic Candidate for Presidential Elector for New York, 1896
  • Joel T. Headley, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Orange County 1st District, 1855; Secretary of State of New York, 1856-57
  • David Headley, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wyoming, 1944
  • Josephine Headley (b. 1891), American silent film actress
  • Joel Tyler Headley (1813-1897), American clergyman, historian and politician, Secretary of State of New York
  • Maria Dahvana Headley (b. 1977), American writer
  • Fern James Headley (1901-1956), American professional ice hockey defenceman
  • Shari Headley (b. 1964), American actress
  • Hal Price Headley (1888-1962), American owner and breeder of Thoroughbred racehorses, founder of Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Headley


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Suggested Readings for the name Headley



  • George Lemley [also Headley] and Wife Catherine Yoho and Their Descendants for Two Centuries by Alvah John Washington Headlee.
  • Headlee (also Headly) Migrations by Alvah John Washington Headlee.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MOFFATT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Moffatt.htm

Other References

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  2. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  3. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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The Headley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Headley 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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