Narey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Narey comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name for a person from the north. The surname is usually derived from the Anglo-French words noreis and norreis, which both mean northerner.  Occasionally, Narey is an occupational name for a nurse; in this case, the derivation is from the Old French word norrice, which means nurse. Lastly, the surname Narey is sometimes a local surname for a "dweller at the north house." 
Early Origins of the Narey family
The surname Narey was first found in Hampstead Norreys (Hampstead Norris), a village and civil parish in Berkshire. Dating back to the Domesday Book, where it was listed as Hanstede , the village is today still noted for its Norman parish church and the remains of a Norman motte-and-bailey castle nearby.
The village name's changed to Hampstede Norreys, when the Norreys family bought the manor in 1448. A branch of the family was found in Speke, Lancashire where at one time they held Speke Hall. "The Norris family had, however, before this begun to acquire lands in the township, Alan le Norreys of Speke being apparently the first to do so. A younger son of Alan, John le Norreys, established himself at Woolton. John's elder son John, who succeeded, is mentioned in the settlement made by Sir Henry le Norreys in 1367." 
In the 14th century, some of the family were found in West Derby, Lancashire. "The Norris family had an estate here in the fourteenth century, acquired by William, a younger son of John le Norreys of Speke. It descended in the fifteenth century to Thomas Norris, whose daughter and heir Lettice married her distant cousin Thomas Norris of Speke, and so carried the estate back to the parent stock. One of their grandsons, William Norris, was settled here, his estate remaining with his descendants to the end of the seventeenth century. The family remained constant to the Roman Church and had to face loss and suffering in consequence, especially during the Commonwealth; thus the threat of a fresh outbreak of persecution as a result of the Oates plot appears to have broken the resolution of 'Mr. Norris of Derby,' who conformed to the legally established religion in 1681. Norris Green is supposed to indicate the site of their estate." 
"From the de Erneys it came, also by marriage, to the family of Norres, of whom was Sir William Norres, who brought from the palace of Holyrood, at Edinburgh, part of the royal library and some curious pieces of fine oak wainscot, to Speke Hall: this mansion was re-erected by Sir Edward Norres. The family retained the manor until the 18th century, when their heiress married Lord Sidney Beauclerk, fifth son of Charles, Duke of St. Alban's; whose grandson, Charles George, sold Speke to the Watt family. The great hall is very lofty, with wainscot and a ceiling of oak, and having a mantelpiece brought from Holyrood: at each angle of the southern wall, within the court, are two spacious corbelled windows, one of which lights the hall. The house was originally surrounded by a moat, of which the outlines remain, and over which a bridge leads to the principal entrance. The whole forms a highly interesting specimen of old English domestic architecture." 
Important Dates for the Narey family
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Narey Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Narey has undergone many spelling variations, including Norreys, Norris, Norres, Norrice, Norrish and others.
Early Notables of the Narey family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Lady Alice Norreys (c. 1405-1450), an English Lady of the Most Noble Order of the Garter; Sir William Norreys (1433-1507), a famous Lancastrian soldier, and later an Esquire of the Body to King Edward IV; Henry Norris "Norreys" (1525-1601), created 1st Baron Norreys in 1572; Francis Norris (1579-1622), 2nd Baron Norreys, who was made Earl of Berkshire and Viscount Thame in 1622, one day...
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Migration of the Narey family to Ireland
Some of the Narey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Narey migration to the United States
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Narey were among those contributors:
Typical Narey Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Narey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Peter Narey, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 
- Susan Narey, aged 17, who arrived in New York in 1854 
- Cath Narey, aged 20, who landed in New York in 1854 
- Charles Narey, aged 15, who arrived in New York in 1854 
- Esther Narey, aged 55, who landed in New York in 1854 
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Contemporary Notables of the name Narey (post 1700)
- Harry Elsworth Narey (1885-1962), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Iowa in 1942
- Peter Bergman Narey (1920-2008), American Republican politician, Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; Lawyer; Member of Iowa Republican State Central Committee, 1971
- Harry Elsworth Narey (1885-1962), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1932; U.S. Representative from Iowa 9th District, 1942-43; District Judge in Iowa, 1944-59
- Esther B. Narey (1884-1969), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1940
- Sir Martin James Narey (b. 1955), British Director General of the Prison Service of England and Wales between 1998 and 2003
- David Narey MBE (b. 1956), former Scottish international footballer who spent 21 years with Dundee United, member of the Scotland national team (1977-1988)
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