Medly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Medly family

The surname Medly 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.

Early History of the Medly family

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

Medly Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Medly family (pre 1700)

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United States Medly migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Medly Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Medly, who arrived in Maryland in 1641 [1]
  • Nathaniell Medly, who landed in Virginia in 1662 [1]
  • Georg Medly, who landed in Virginia in 1665-1666 [1]


The Medly Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: In deo fides
Motto Translation: Faith in God


  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)


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