The name Meythley came to England
with the ancestors of the Meythley family in the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Meythley 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 Meythley family
The surname Meythley 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 Meythley family
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Meythley 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 Meythley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Meythley family to the New World and Oceana
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 Meythley or a variant listed above: Charles Methelay arrived in New York in 1891.