Notly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Notly is a name that dates far back into the mists of early British history to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes. It is derived from a habitational name from the places Black and White Notley in Essex. These place names derive from the Old English "hnut" meaning a "nut tree," and "le-ah," which referred to a clearing. 
Early Origins of the Notly family
The surname Notly was first found in Essex at Black Notley or White Notley, parishes, in the union of Braintree, hundred of Witham. These ancient Saxon villages date back to 998 when they were both known as Hnutlea.  By the time of the Domesday Book of 1086, the village was known as Nutlea.  "White Notley and Black Notley formerly constituted one township, styled in Domesday Book Nutlea, Nutleia, and Nuchelea, and in other records Nutteslega and Nutelegh: the name is supposed to signify 'a nut pasture.' "  By the 13th century the villages had split to become Blake Nuteleye in 1252 and White Nuteleye in 1235.  Notley Abbey, an Augustinian abbey near Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire was founded between 1154 and 1164 by the second Earl of Buckingham, Walter Giffard and his wife, Ermengar.
Early History of the Notly family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Notly research. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1665, 1676 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Notly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Notly Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Notly are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Notly include: Nottley, Notley, Notleigh, Nott and others.
Early Notables of the Notly family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Notly family
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Notly or a variant listed above: Mary, Catherine and Thomas Nott settled in Maine in 1635; Edward Notley, who settled in Virginia in 1664; Mathew Notley, who arrived in Maryland in 1670.
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- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.