Methelay is a name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Methelay family lived in Methley, Yorkshire
. Methley is situated midway between Leeds and Pontefract and the town dates back to Anglo-Saxon
times.The village of Methley contains a fine church dating from the 14th century with family tombs and medieval carvings which inspired the sculptures of Henry Moore.
Early Origins of the Methelay family
The surname Methelay was first found in Yorkshire
from very ancient times. At the taking of the Domesday Book
in 1086 the village of Methley, midway between Leeds and Pontefract, was held by Ilbert de Lacy, a Norman noble who accompanied King William in his conquest of England
at Hastings in 1066. The village of Methley contains a fine church dating from the 14th century with family tombs and medieval carvings which inspired the sculptures of Henry Moore.
Early History of the Methelay family
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Methelay Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Methley, Methly, Mettley, Meythly, Methelay, Methlay and many more.
Early Notables of the Methelay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Methelay family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Methelay or a variant listed above:
Methelay Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Charles Methelay, who arrived in New York in 1891