The name Hegelay belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons
. It is a product of their having lived in one of a variety of similarly-named places. Headley in Hampshire
is the oldest. The surname Hegelay 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 Hegelay family
The surname Hegelay was first found in Shropshire
. 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
in 1327. 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. 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 Hegelay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hegelay research.Another 345 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1273 and 1832 are included under the topic Early Hegelay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hegelay Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Hegelay include Headley, Heggeley, Headly, Hedley, Hedly, Hedlegg, Hedleigh, Headlee, Headleigh, Hegeley and many more.
Early Notables of the Hegelay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hegelay family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Hegelay were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Edward and Theo Hedley, who settled in Bermuda in 1635; Will Headly settled in Georgia in 1734; John Headley settled in Maryland in 1722; John, Edward, and Jacob Headley arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1865..