Medley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Medley family

The surname Medley was first found in Sussex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held a family seat at Buxsted.

Important Dates for the Medley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Medley research. Another 146 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1510, and 1600 are included under the topic Early Medley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Medley Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Medley, Medleigh, Madley, Madleigh, Medlie, Medlee and many more.

Early Notables of the Medley family (pre 1700)

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Medley migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Medley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Medley, who landed in Maryland in 1633-1641 [1]
  • Robert and John Medley, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Elizabeth Medley, who landed in Maryland in 1638 [1]
  • Robert Medley, who landed in Virginia in 1641 [1]
  • William Medley, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Medley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • A G Medley, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]

Medley migration to Australia

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

Medley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Medley, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Marshall Bennett" [2]
  • Susannah Medley, aged 23, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Flora" [3]

Medley migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Medley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Hephzibah Medley, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of the Avon" in 1863
  • Florence Medley, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of the Avon" in 1863
  • Laura Medley, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of the Avon" in 1863
  • Ernest Medley, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of the Avon" in 1863

Contemporary Notables of the name Medley (post 1700)

  • William Francis Medley (b. 1952), American Roman Catholic clergyman, Bishop of the Diocese of Owensboro, former priest of the Archdiocese of Louisville
  • Philip "Phil" Medley (1916-1997), American songwriter, best known for his song "Twist & Shout"
  • Linda Medley (b. 1964), American comic book author and illustrator
  • William Thomas "Bill" Medley (b. 1940), American singer and songwriter, best known as one half of The Righteous Brothers singing duo
  • Z. A. Medley, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1944 [4]
  • W. C. Medley, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1948 [4]
  • T. W. Medley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Mexico, 1912 [4]
  • Luke Medley, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1960; Mayor of Cookeville, Tennessee, 1963 [4]
  • Leila Medley, American Democrat politician, Member of Democratic National Committee from Missouri, 2008; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 2008 [4]
  • Lee Medley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2008 [4]
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Medley family

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Albert V Medley, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [5]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Bertie Medley (1916-1939), British Leading Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [6]

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ South Australian Register Friday 29 April 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Marshall Bennett 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/marshallbennett1853.shtml.
  3. ^ South Australian Register Monday 9th April 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Flora 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/flora1855.shtml
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  6. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
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