Motley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Motley surname comes from when the Motley family lived in the settlement of Medlicott in the English border county of Shropshire. The surname Motley belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Motley family

The surname Motley was first found in Shropshire, at Medlicott, a parish in Wentnor. It is generally believed that the oldest record of the family was Llewelyn de Modlicott who resided here c. 1180. He was son of Sir Roger de Meldron (died c. 1200.)

By the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, some of the family were found in Devonshire where Richard de Middlecote was listed as holding lands at that time. [1] "The ancient Shropshire family of Medlicott, which took its name from a manor, flourished in the 13th century. The Medlycott family of Ven House, Milborne Port, Somerset, originally came from Shropshire." [2]

Important Dates for the Motley family

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Motley Spelling Variations

Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Motley has seen various spelling variations: Medlicot, Medlicott, Medlycot, Medlycott, Medlicote, Medleycot, Medleycott, Medleycote, Modlicot, Modlicote and many more.

Early Notables of the Motley family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Motley family to Ireland

Some of the Motley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Motley migration to the United States

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in search of land, work, and freedom. These immigrants greatly contributed to the rapid development of the new nations of Canada and the United States. They also added a rich and lasting cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Motley:

Motley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Motley, who landed in Virginia in 1665 [3]
  • John Motley, who arrived in Virginia in 1666 [3]
  • Robert Motley, who settled in Maryland in 1674
  • Robert Motley, who arrived in Maryland in 1674 [3]
  • Mary Motley, who arrived in Maryland in 1678 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Motley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Tho Motley, who arrived in Virginia in 1703 [3]
  • John Motley, who landed in New England in 1738 [3]
Motley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Peter Motley, 21, who arrived in New York in 1812
  • Peter Motley, aged 21, who landed in New York in 1812 [3]
  • W.G. Motley, aged 40, who settled in America, in 1893
  • Louisa Motley, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1894
  • William G. Motley, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1895
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Motley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John Motley, aged 29, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1904
  • James Motley, aged 39, who immigrated to America, in 1905
  • Thornton N. Motley, aged 47, who immigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • John Lathrop Motley, aged 31, who immigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Warren Motley, aged 27, who immigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Motley migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Motley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Walter Motley, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Walter Motley, Margaret Motley, and Susan Motley, who all settled in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Margaret Motley, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Susan Motley, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Motley migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Motley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Motley, aged 20, a shoemaker, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Countess of Kintore" in 1875
  • Mary A. Motley, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ashmore" in 1882

Contemporary Notables of the name Motley (post 1700)

  • Ronald L. Motley (1944-2013), American trial attorney, and a principal of Motley Rice LLC
  • Langhorne Anthony Motley (b. 1938), American diplomat, former United States Ambassador to Brazil (1981–1983)
  • Dr Eric Lamar Motley (b. 1972), American Vice President of the Aspen Institute
  • Darryl DeWayne Motley (b. 1960), American former Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Constance Baker Motley (1921-2005), African-American civil rights activist, lawyer, judge, state senator, President of Manhattan, New York City
  • Willard Motley (1909-1965), African-American writer
  • Archibald John Motley Jr. (1891-1981), African-American Harlem Renaissance painter
  • Marion Motley (1920-1999), American Football fullback and linebacker, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968
  • John Lothrop Motley (1814-1877), American historian and diplomat
  • Clifford T. Motley, American politician, Mayor of De Soto, Missouri, 1973 [4]
  • ... (Another 15 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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