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The name Priestly has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name 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.

Priestly Early Origins



The surname Priestly 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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Priestly Spelling Variations


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Priestly Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Priestly have been found, including Priestley, Priestly, Preistley,Pressley and others.

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Priestly Early History


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Priestly Early History



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

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Priestly Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Priestly Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Priestly 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



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Priestly, or a variant listed above:

Priestly Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Priestly settled in Virginia in 1663

Priestly Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edward Priestly, who landed in New York in 1798

Priestly Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Priestly, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1812
  • William Priestly, aged 38, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Richard Priestly, who landed in New York in 1824
  • John Priestly, aged 21, arrived in New York in 1862
  • Conrad, Jacob and Robert Priestly arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Priestly Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • James A. Priestly, aged 31, who landed in America from Halifax, in 1905
  • Walter Priestly, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States from Salford, England, in 1907
  • Margart Jane Priestly, aged 67, who landed in America from Blackpool, England, in 1912
  • John Priestly, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Belfast, Ireland, in 1912
  • Margaret Priestly, aged 16, who settled in America from Burslem, England, in 1915
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Priestly Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Adam Priestly, aged 35, a mason, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Flora"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Priestly (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Priestly (post 1700)



  • Craig Priestly, Australian-born, American rugby league player, member of the 2013 United States National Team

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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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Citations



    Other References

    1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    2. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    5. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    8. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
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    The Priestly Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Priestly 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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