The origins of the Oatley name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived in the parish of Oteley found in the counties of Shropshire
and the West Riding of Yorkshire
. Oatley is derived from the Old English elements "ote," or "oats" and "leah," meaning "a clearing." CITATION[CLOSE]
Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
Early Origins of the Oatley family
The surname Oatley was first found in Suffolk
where the first record of the family was found in the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 as Richard de Otteleye. Kirby's Quest lists "Henry Otleghe, Somerset
, Edward III" CITATION[CLOSE]
Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
(Henry Otleghe held lands in Somerset
during the reign of Edward III.)
Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Mary Henry Hotlay as living there at that time. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Oatley family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oatley research.Another 370 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1434, 1716, 1601, 1649, 1643, 1644, 1646, 1626, 1670, 1661 and 1723 are included under the topic Early Oatley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Oatley Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Oatley were recorded, including Ottley, Otley, Oatley, Oteley, Oatly and others.
Early Notables of the Oatley family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir Francis Ottley (1601-1649), English Royalist knight, military governor of Shrewsbury in 1643 and later High Sheriff
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Migration of the Oatley family to Ireland
Some of the Oatley family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 82 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Oatley family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Oatley family emigrate to North America:
Oatley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Oatley, who arrived in Virginia in 1697 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Oatley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Margaret Oatley, an English convict, who arrived in Maryland in 1761
Oatley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- James Oatley, Sr. (c. 1769–1839), English-born colonial Australian watchmaker and one-time convict who arrived in Sydney, New South Wales in 1815 aboard the "Marquis of Wellington"
- George Oatley, aged 18, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Nugget" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nugget 1858. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/nugget1858.shtml.
Contemporary Notables of the name Oatley (post 1700)
- Sir George Herbert Oatley (1863-1950), English architect noted for his work in Bristol
- Sir Charles Oatley (1904-1996), English Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Cambridge
- Neil Oatley (b. 1954), English Engineer, designer of Grand-Prix winning race cars
- Robert Ian "Bob" Oatley AO (1928-2016), Australian businessman, winemaker and yachtsman, owner of the eight-time Sydney-Hobart-winning yacht Wild Oats XI, founder of the Rosemount winery in 1969
- Keith Oatley FRSC FBPsS, English-born, Canadian novelist, and professor emeritus of cognitive psychology at the University of Toronto
- Jacqueline Anne Oatley, British sports broadcaster for BBC Sport
Historic Events for the Oatley family
- Mr. S Oatley, British Electrical Artificer 4th Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html