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The name Priestley is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in or near a clearing in a wood owned by priests. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old English elements preost, which means priest, and leah, which means forest clearing. The name as a whole therefore means "dweller in or near the forest clearing owned by priests." There are several places that have this name; they are found in Bedfordshire, Hertsfordshire, and the West Riding of Yorkshire.

Priestley Early Origins



The surname Priestley was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Priestley Spelling Variations


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Priestley 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 Priestley were recorded, including Priestley, Priestly, Preistley,Pressley and others.

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Priestley Early History


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Priestley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Priestley research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 125 and 1250 are included under the topic Early Priestley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Priestley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Priestley Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Priestley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Priestley family emigrate to North America:

Priestley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Joseph Priestley, aged 24, landed in Virginia in 1683

Priestley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Abraham, Henry, James, John, Joseph, Patrick and Samuel Priestley all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870
  • Thomas Priestley, who arrived in Iowa in 1886

Priestley Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • John Priestley, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • L Priestley, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • Miss M Priestley, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Priestley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Priestley, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  • Alfred Priestley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1849
  • William Priestley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caroline Agnes" in 1850

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Contemporary Notables of the name Priestley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Priestley (post 1700)



  • Robert Priestley (1901-1986), American two-time Academy Award winning set decorator
  • Jason Bradford Priestley (b. 1969), Canadian two-time Golden Globe nominated and Gemini Award nominated actor and director
  • Neil Priestley (b. 1961), former English cricketer
  • Briggs Priestley (1831-1907), English cloth manufacturer and politician from Bradford, West Yorkshire
  • Sir Julian Gordon Priestley KCMG (b. 1950), English Secretary-General of the European Parliament from 1997-2007
  • Tom Priestley (b. 1932), English BAFTA Award winning, Academy Award nominated film and sound editor
  • Sir Arthur Alexander Priestley (1865-1933), English Liberal Party politician and cricketer
  • Brian Priestley (b. 1940), English jazz writer, pianist and arranger
  • Dennis Priestley (b. 1950), English professional darts player, two-time World Champion
  • Joseph Priestley FRS (1733-1804), English theologian, natural philosopher, chemist, educator, and political theorist, publisher of over 150 works, credited as the discoverer of oxygen
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Priestley Historic Events


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Priestley Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Miss Alice Priestley (1863-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Miss Martha Priestley (1864-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Joseph Arthur W. Priestley (1892-1917), English Able Seaman from the SS Gloucestershire from York, England, United Kingdom who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Respice finem
Motto Translation: Regard the end.


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Citations


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  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831

Other References

  1. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  2. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  5. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  11. ...

The Priestley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Priestley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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