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Hundley is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Hundley family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Hundley family lived in Handley, Hampshire. The name was local in nature, and was originally derived from the Old English words heah, which meant high, and leah, which meant wood. Another derivation indicates that the name is a corruption of the Norman place-name Andeli which was brought over after the Conquest in 1066. Time has confused the two derivations, and etymologists now disagree on which is appropriate in a given case.

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The surname Hundley was first found in Hampshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Hundley have been found, including Handley, Hanley, Handeley, Hanly and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hundley research. Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the year 1086 is included under the topic Early Hundley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Hundley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Hundley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 102 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Hundley were among those contributors:

Hundley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Godfrey Hundley, aged 24, arrived in Virginia in 1635

Hundley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Isaiuh Hundley, aged 3, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • Mrs. J. Hundley, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • Joseph Hundley, aged 51, who landed in America, in 1894

Hundley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Jessie Hundley, aged 34, who landed in America from Cape Town, in 1905
  • Dorothea L. Hundley, aged 43, who emigrated to America from London, England, in 1914
  • Francis Hundley, aged 13, who landed in America from London, England, in 1920
  • Bernard C. Hundley, who landed in America, in 1920
  • John C. Hundley, aged 21, who settled in America, in 1920


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  • Rodney Clark "Rod" Hundley (1934-2015), American basketball player and television broadcaster
  • Todd Randolph Hundley (b. 1969), retired American Major League Baseball catcher
  • Sterling Clinton Hundley (b. 1976), American illustrator and painter
  • Cecil Randolph "Randy" Hundley Jr. (b. 1942), retired American Major League Baseball catcher
  • Nicholas John "Nick" Hundley (b. 1983), American Major League Baseball catcher for the San Diego Padres
  • John Walker Hundley (1841-1914), Baptist minister and church leader in Virginia
  • John Walker Hundley (1899-1990), American musical comedy singer, actor and CBS television executive
  • H.R. Hundley, American college football coach
  • Elliott Hundley (b. 1975), American artist and sculptor
  • J. Howard Hundley, American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Kanawha County, 1925-28; Candidate for West Virginia State Senate 8th District, 1934

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