Offalley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Offalley family
The surname Offalley was first found in Hertfordshire at Offley, a civil parish that includes the main village Great Offley. Little Offley is a small hamlet lying 1½ miles north-west of Great Offley. Collectively, this ancient Saxon settlement dates back to 944-6 when it was first listed as Offanlege.  By the Domesday Book of 1086, the villages were known as Offelei.  The place name literally means "woodland clearing of a man called Offa," from the Old English personal name + "leah."  Another source claims "this place received its name from King Offa (died 796), who is said to have died here." 
Important Dates for the Offalley family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Offalley research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1716, 1666, 1716, 1582, 1547, 1556, 1649, 1708, 1742 and 1829 are included under the topic Early Offalley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Offalley 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 Offalley were recorded, including Offley, Offlie, Offly, Offaly, Offally, Offalie and others.
Early Notables of the Offalley family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Robert Offley who inherited Norton Hall, an English country house situated on Norton Church Road in the suburb of Norton in Sheffield in 1666. The family held the estates for many generations including Stephen Offley who was High Sheriff of Derbyshire in 1716. Thomas Offley (d. 1582) a wool and cloth merchant, bought Madeley Old Manor was a medieval manor house at Madeley, Staffordshire from Sir Francis Poyntz in 1547. He was Lord Mayor of London in 1556...
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Migration of the Offalley family
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 Offalley family emigrate to North America: Daniel and David Offley who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635; John H. Offley settled in Baltimore Maryland in 1823.
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- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ 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.