Ongley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Ongley family

The surname Ongley was first found in Buckinghamshire at Olney, a market town and civil parish in the Borough of Milton Keynes. The place dates back to 979 where it was listed as Ollanege. By the time of the Domesday Book, the place name had evolved to Olnei [1] which meant "island, or dry ground in a marsh, of a man called Olla," derived from the Old English personal name + eg. [2]

On November 4th, 1643, Olney was the site of the Battle of Olney Bridge, a skirmish in the First English Civil War. The town has a long history as a lace-making centre, but is best known as the place where the Olney Hymns were written.

John Newton (1725-1807), author of the hymn Amazing Grace was curate of Olney. Some of the family were found in Weston-Underwood in early times. "The church [of Weston-Underwood] is a neat structure, built by Sir John Olney in the 14th century." [3]

Early History of the Ongley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ongley research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1272, 1800, 1877, 1600, 1682, 1635, 1647, 1726, 1698, 1703, 1704, 1697, 1747, 1729, 1747, 1747, 1785, 1771, 1814, 1803 and 1877 are included under the topic Early Ongley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ongley Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Olney, Onley, Oneley, Ongley and others.

Early Notables of the Ongley family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Thomas Olney (ca. 1600-1682), English settler to America in 1635 aboard the ship planter, an early minister at the First Baptist Church in America and co-founder of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. Sir Samuel Ongley (1647-1726), of Old Warden, Bedfordshire and Mincing Lane, London, was an English politician. Born in Maidstone, Kent, he became a London merchant. In 1698 he purchased the Old Warden Estate from Paulet St John, Earl of Bolingbroke. He was High Sheriff of Bedfordshire (1703-1704.) Samuel Ongley (1697-1747), of Old Warden, Bedfordshire, was...
Another 94 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ongley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Ongley migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Ongley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Daniel Ongley, British Convict who was convicted in Kent, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 25th April 1840, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Ongley (post 1700) +

  • Kim Ongley (b. 1986), American actress, known for Undercover Gang
  • Christina Ongley (b. 1988), American actress, known for Mission: Impossible, Dead Sleep (1990) and Prisoners of the Sun (1990)
  • Frederick George Ongley, Canadian Anglican priest ordained in 1939, Archdeacon of Peterborough from 1956 to 1963; and then of Scarborough from 1969 to 1974
  • L.T. Ongley, British cartographer in the Admiralty Hydrographic Department in 1935, eponym of Ongley Island, off the north coast of Greenwich Island in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
  • Montague "Mont" Ongley (1888-1976), New Zealand geologist and scientific administrator
  • Marc Ongley (b. 1952), Australian classical and jazz guitarist, composer, and teacher, living in the United Kingdom
  • Sir Joseph Augustine "Joe" Ongley (1918-2000), New Zealand cricketer and jurist, Judge of the New Zealand Supreme Court
  • Esther Ongley, New Zealand lawyer, one of the first women to graduate in law and work as a lawyer in New Zealand in 1921
  • Arthur Montague "Joe" Ongley OBE (1882-1974), New Zealand lawyer, and cricket and Rugby union player and administrator
  • Frank Ongley Darvall CBE (1906-1987), British students' union leader, Liberal Party politician and diplomat


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1840


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