Huntley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Huntley surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in the settlement of Huntley in Gloucestershire. The surname Huntley belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The name Huntley was also given to people who dwelled by "the hunter's wood." [1]

Early Origins of the Huntley family

The surname Huntley was first found in Monmouthshire where they claim descent from William Fitz-Baderon who held the barony of Monmouth including 22 lordships at the time of the Domesday Book of 1086. [2] [3]

Huntley is a parish, in the union of Westbury, duchy of Lancaster in Gloucestershire and a small hamlet in the parish and union of Cheadle, in the hundred of Totmonslow in Staffordshire. [4] The Gloucestershire parish dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Huntelei. The parish and hamlet literally mean "huntsman's wood or clearing," having derived from the Old English "hunta" + "leah." [5]

To the far north in Scotland, the family claim descent "from the ancient hamlet of Huntlie in Berwickshire, now extinct. Robert de Hunteleghe of the county of Roxberghe rendered homage [to King Edward I of England] in 1296. The name Huntly in Aberdeenshire was borrowed from Huntlie in Berwickshire, the old barony of Gordon, including Huntlie, being owned by the earls of Huntly down to 1638." [6]

Today Huntly is a burgh of barony and a parish, in the district of Strathbogie, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "This place, including the united parishes of Dumbennan and Kinoir, anciently formed part of the ample possessions of the powerful family of the Cumyns, of whose baronial seat, Strathbogie Castle, there are still considerable remains. The castle was almost destroyed after the battle of Glenlivet, in 1594, but was restored, with considerable additions, by the first Marquess of Huntly, in 1602, and, under the name of Huntly Castle. The town, which derives its name from its founders, the family of Gordon. " [7]

Early History of the Huntley family

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Huntley 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 Huntley include Huntley, Huntly, Huntlie, Huntleigh and others.

Early Notables of the Huntley family (pre 1700)

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Huntley Ranking

In the United States, the name Huntley is the 2,038th most popular surname with an estimated 14,922 people with that name. [8]

United States Huntley migration to the United States +

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:

Huntley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Margaret Huntley, who settled in Virginia in 1634
  • Margaret Huntley, aged 20, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [9]
  • Hen Huntley, who arrived in Virginia in 1642 [9]
  • George Huntley, who landed in Maryland in 1650 [9]
  • Edw Huntley, who arrived in Virginia in 1651 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Huntley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Sir Henry Huntley, who settled in San Francisco in 1850
  • Sir Henry Huntley, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [9]

Australia Huntley migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Huntley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Huntley, (b. 1809), aged 23 who was convicted in Somerset, England for 14 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Circassian" on 4th November 1832, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [10]
  • Mr. James Huntley, British Convict who was convicted in Bath, Somerset, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Dudbrook" on 17th November 1852, arriving in Western Australia [11]

Contemporary Notables of the name Huntley (post 1700) +

  • Richard Earl Huntley (b. 1972), former professional American NFL football running back
  • Thomas E. "Tom" Huntley (b. 1938), American politician, Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives (1993-2015)
  • Kevin Huntley (b. 1986), American professional lacrosse player with the Toronto Nationals
  • Kevin L. Huntley (b. 1982), American NFL and CFL football defensive tackle
  • Bruce Timothy "G.P." Huntley (1904-1971), American actor, known for The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), They Died with Their Boots On (1941) and Beau Geste (1939)
  • Chester Robert "Chet" Huntley (1911-1974), American three-time Primetime Emmy Award nominated television newscaster best known for "The Huntley-Brinkley Report" for 14 years
  • Victoria Hutson Huntley (1900-1971), American artist
  • Frank H. Huntley, American politician, Mayor of Cadillac, Michigan, 1884-85 [12]
  • Ernest C. Huntley (b. 1891), American Republican politician, Member of Washington State Senate 9th District, 1941-47 [12]
  • Con R. Huntley, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 24th District, 1913-18 [12]
  • ... (Another 25 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Henry F Huntley (b. 1903), English Plumber 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking [13]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Cecil Huntley, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse (1941) and survived the sinking [14]

Suggested Readings for the name Huntley +

  • Thomas Huntley, Sr. of Anson County, North Carolina: His Descendants in the Carolinas and Elsewhere by Virgil W. Huntley.
  • John Huntley, Immigrant of Boston & Roxbury, Massachusetts and Lyme, Connecticut, 1647-1977, and Some of His Descendants by Virgil W. Huntley.

  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  5. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  6. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  7. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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  9. ^ 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)
  10. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retrieved 8th February 2021, retrieved from
  11. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 23rd July 2021). Retrieved from
  12. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 1) . Retrieved from
  13. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from
  14. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook