The name Mettle reached England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Mettle 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 Mettle family
The surname Mettle 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 Mettle family
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Mettle Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Mettle family name include Methley, Methly, Mettley, Meythly, Methelay, Methlay and many more.
Early Notables of the Mettle family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mettle family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Mettle family to immigrate North America: Charles Methelay arrived in New York in 1891.