Kalley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Kalley family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Derbyshire, in the area of Cully.

Early Origins of the Kalley family

The surname Kalley was first found in Norfolk where Hunfrid de Cuelai was listed there in the Domesday Book. [1] However, we must look to the aforementioned reference of Derbyshire to find the earliest land grants for the surname. And Ratcliffe Culey, a hamlet near the border of Warwickshire and Leicestershire, part of the civil parish of Witherley can be ruled out as the origin of the name as the hamlet's first reference was in the 1600's.

Early History of the Kalley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kalley research. Another 68 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1559, and 1606 are included under the topic Early Kalley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kalley Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Culley, Cully, Culy, Culey and others.

Early Notables of the Kalley family (pre 1700)

Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kalley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Kalley family to Ireland

Some of the Kalley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 75 words (5 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 Kalley family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Kalley or a variant listed above were: Samuel Culley who settled in Virginia in 1623; Charles Culley settled in New England in 1748; Edward Cully settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1829; John Culley settled in New York State in 1803.



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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