Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in the parish of Oteley found in the counties of Shropshire, Suffolk and the West Riding of Yorkshire. Oteley 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 Oteley family
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]
Early History of the Oteley family
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Oteley Spelling Variations
spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Oteley family name include Ottley, Otley, Oatley, Oteley, Oatly and others.
Early Notables of the Oteley family (pre 1700)
High Sheriff of Shropshire (1644-1646)...
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Migration of the Oteley family to Ireland
Some of the Oteley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Oteley family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Oteley surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Thomas Otley, who is on record in Virginia in 1618; Abraham and Adam Otley, who both arrived in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1641; Darcy Oatly, who was on record in Virginia in 1657.
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