The ancestors of the Hunsley surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name comes from when they 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 Hunsley 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 Hunsley family
The surname Hunsley 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 Hunsley family
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Hunsley Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Hunsley include Hunsley, Hunsly, Hunley, Hunly, Hundsley, Hundsly and others.
Early Notables of the Hunsley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hunsley family to Ireland
Some of the Hunsley family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Hunsley family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Hunsley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- William Hunsley, who sailed to America in 1753
Hunsley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- H. Hunsley, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892
Hunsley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Herbert Hunsley, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1904
- Sarah Hunsley, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905
- Kitty Hunsley, aged 29, who emigrated to America from Nottingham, in 1906
- May Hunsley, aged 48, who landed in America from Bishop Marton, England, in 1907
- Sarah Jane Hunsley, aged 35, who landed in America from Bishop Marton, England, in 1907
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Contemporary Notables of the name Hunsley (post 1700)
- Dennis Roger Hunsley (1946-1969), American soldier awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations
- John Hunsley (d. 1850), English bagpiper from Manton, North Lincolnshire, last known player of the Lincolnshire bagpipes; his exploits were legendary that included riotous parties and trips to Edinburgh on a white pony to have his pipes "tuned," one source claimed that he was a champion boxer and wrestler who was defeated only once in his life
- Taylor Hunsley, Canadian actress, known for her role as Heather in Ice Girls (2016)
- John Hunsley Ph.D., Canadian Professor in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Ottawa
- Terrance Hunsley, Executive Director of the Canadian Council on Social Development