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Hedley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



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

Early Origins of the Hedley family


The surname Hedley 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)

Early History of the Hedley family


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Hedley Spelling Variations


Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Hedley family name include Headley, Heggeley, Headly, Hedley, Hedly, Hedlegg, Hedleigh, Headlee, Headleigh, Hegeley and many more.

Early Notables of the Hedley family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Hedley family to the New World and Oceana


For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Hedley surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Hedley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward and Theo Hedley, who settled in Bermuda in 1635
  • Edward Hedley, aged 13, who landed in Bermuda in 1635 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Hedley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Henry Hedley, aged 45, who landed in New York in 1799 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Hedley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Hedley, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1813 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Hartas Hedley, who arrived in New York in 1825 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Hedley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Alex Hedley, aged 30, a blacksmith, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1879
  • Mary Hedley, aged 33, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1879
  • James Hedley, aged 10, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1879
  • Margaret Hedley, aged 7, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1879

Contemporary Notables of the name Hedley (post 1700)


  • Lieut. Robert Shafto Hedley (1857-1884), English captain of the Royal Engineers team that reached the final of the FA Cup in 1878
  • Charles Hedley (1862-1926), English naturalist and malacologist who spent most of his life in Australia, winner of the 1925 Clarke Medal
  • Jack Hedley (b. 1930), born Jack Hawkins, an English actor, best known for his performances in For Your Eyes Only (1981), The New York Ripper (1982) and The World of Tim Frazer (1960)
  • William Hedley (1779-1843), British leading industrial engineers of the early 19th century; he built the first practical steam locomotive
  • Thomas Hedley, British co-founder of The Thomas Hedley Co., a British company based in Newcastle upon Tyne manufacturing soap and candles in 1837
  • Thomas Hedley Jr., British Christopher Award winning writer, best known for his work on Flashdance (1983), Hard to Hold (1984) and Double Negative (1980)
  • Charles "Charlie" Hedley (1881-1942), pioneering Australian rugby league player
  • Dr. Ronald Hedley, of the British Museum of Natural History

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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. ^ 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)

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