Methlie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Methlie is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest brought to England in 1066. The Methlie 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 Methlie family

The surname Methlie 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.

Important Dates for the Methlie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Methlie research. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1379 and 1614 are included under the topic Early Methlie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Methlie Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Methley, Methly, Mettley, Meythly, Methelay, Methlay and many more.

Early Notables of the Methlie family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Methlie family

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Methlie or a variant listed above: Charles Methelay arrived in New York in 1891.

Contemporary Notables of the name Methlie (post 1700)

  • Hans Methlie Michelsen (b. 1920), Norwegian judge

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