The name Hundsley is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in the settlements of High Hunsley and Low Hunsley in the East Riding of Yorkshire
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
The surname Hundsley 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 Hundsley family
The surname Hundsley was first found in Yorkshire
, at High Hunsley, a small hamlet in the East Riding of Yorkshire
. The village dates back to the Domesday Book CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
where it was recorded as Hund(r)eslege and meant "woodland clearing of a man called Hund" CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
"This place appears to have been anciently of more importance than it is at present, many foundations of buildings having been dug up at various times. Upon a hill here, was a beacon that gave name to the largest division of the wapentake." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Hundsley family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hundsley research.Another 112 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hundsley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hundsley Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Hundsley has been spelled many different ways, including Hunsley, Hunsly, Hunley, Hunly, Hundsley, Hundsly and others.
Early Notables of the Hundsley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hundsley family to Ireland
Some of the Hundsley family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 78 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hundsley family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Hundsleys to arrive in North America: William Hunsley, who sailed to America in 1753.