Heatly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Heatly family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Heathley, Staffordshire.

Early Origins of the Heatly family

The surname Heatly was first found in Staffordshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Heighley (pronounced Heathley or Heatly). At the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086 by Duke William of Normandy after his conquest of England at Hastings in 1066, this village was the King's land, but reconstructing the evidence, there remains the ruins of a 13th century castle at Heighley which was probably reduced by an angry King. We next see Sir Robert of Keatlie far to the north in the lands of Mellerston just over the border in Scotland. In 1296 his successor, Sir Alexander of Hateley, made his peace with King Edward 1st of England in his brief conquest of Scotland and declared his oath of allegiance and loyalty to him. Sir Alexander's seal is a boar's head which is consistent with the Coat of Arms for Heathley.

Early History of the Heatly family

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Heatly Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Heathley, Heighley, Heatley, Heathly and others.

Early Notables of the Heatly family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Heatly family to Ireland

Some of the Heatly family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Heatly family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Heatly or a variant listed above were: Robert Heathly who landed in North America in 1697.

Contemporary Notables of the name Heatly (post 1700) +

  • William Stanford "Bill" Heatly Jr. (1912-1984), American politician, Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives (1955-1983)
  • Kenny Heatly (b. 1982), American former NFL and CFL cornerback who played for the Toronto Argonauts (2006-2008)
  • Suetonius Grant Heatly (1751-1793), British judge employed by the British East India Company, co-founder of the first coal mine in India
  • Sir Peter Heatly CBE, DL (1924-2015), Scottish three-time gold medalist diver in the 1950s, Chairman of the Commonwealth Games Federation, inducted as one of the first members of the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame in 2002

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