The name Metheley was carried to England
in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Metheley 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 Metheley family
The surname Metheley 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 Metheley family
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Metheley Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Methley, Methly, Mettley, Meythly, Methelay, Methlay and many more.
Early Notables of the Metheley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Metheley family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Metheley or a variant listed above: Charles Methelay arrived in New York in 1891.