In ancient Anglo-Saxon England
, the ancestors of the Ledley surname lived on a hill beside a babbling river which was later referred to as Ludlow
Ledley is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation
names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local
names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.
Early Origins of the Ledley family
The surname Ledley was first found in Shropshire
at Ludlow, a market town close to the Welsh
border and in the Welsh
Marches. The first listing of the place name dates back to 1138 where it was listed as Ludelaue and literally meant "hill or tumulus by a rapid," derived from the Old English words hlude + hlaw. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Ludlow was called by the Britons
Dinam, or "the palace of princes," and by the Saxons
Leadlowe, and Ludlowe. One reference claims Robert de Montgomery, kinsman of the Conqueror, fortified the town with walls, and erected most of its stately castle in which he lived until his death in 1094. Yet another reference claims the castle was built by Walter de Lacy in the late 11th century as possession of Ludlow Castle descended through the Lacy family until 1115. Mother Ludlam's Cave or Mother Ludlum's Hole is a small cave in the sandstone cliff of the Wey Valley at Moor Park, near Farnham, Surrey
. The earliest record of the place occurs when a monk named Symon found a spring rising in the cave in the 13th century. Mother Ludlam was claimed to be a white witch who lived in the cave. Her cauldron has been kept in Frensham Church nearby for centuries.
Early History of the Ledley family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ledley research.Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1590, 1664, 1634, 1617, 1692, 1551, 1588, 1680 and 1728 are included under the topic Early Ledley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ledley Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Ledley are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Ledley include: Ludlow, Ludley, Ludloe and others.
Early Notables of the Ledley family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Roger Ludlow (1590-1664), an English lawyer, magistrate, military officer, and colonist who helped found the Colony of Connecticut, he directed Boston's first fortification, Castle William in 1634; Edmund Ludlow (Ludlowe) (c.
1617-1692), an English parliamentarian, best known for his involvement... Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ledley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ledley family to Ireland
Some of the Ledley family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 55 words (4 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 Ledley family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Ledley or a variant listed above: Roger and Sara Ludlow settled in Nantasket in 1630 with their six children; Edward Ludlow arrived in New York with his wife and five children in 1823..
Contemporary Notables of the name Ledley (post 1700)
- Robert Steven Ledley (1926-2012), American Professor of Physiology and Biophysics and Professor of Radiology at Georgetown University School of Medicine
- Joseph Christopher "Joe" Ledley (b. 1987), Welsh footballer