Show ContentsRadley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The lineage of the name Radley begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in the parish of Radley in the county of Berkshire. The surname Radley is both topographic and habitational since it was originally derived from the Old English word Redleah, referring to those individuals who lived by the reed stream, and also refers to the place-name in Berkshire. [1] Today Radley is a village and civil parish northwest of the centre of Abingdon, Oxfordshire. Originally in Berkshire, it was transferred in 1974. [2]

Early Origins of the Radley family

The surname Radley was first found in Essex, where the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Roger de Redlee; Warin de Redleye; and Richard de Redlege as all residing there at that time. [3] But the name likely went back further as Radeleáh was the form found in a 10th century charter in Wiltshire. [4]

Early History of the Radley family

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Radley Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Radley has undergone many spelling variations, including Radley, Radleigh, Radlee, Radlie, Radle and others.

Early Notables of the Radley family (pre 1700)

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Radley Ranking

In the United States, the name Radley is the 11,796th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [5]

United States Radley migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Radley were among those contributors:

Radley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Radley, who landed in Virginia in 1649 [6]
  • Mary Radley, who arrived in Maryland in 1669 [6]
  • Henry Radley, who arrived in Maryland in 1670 [6]
  • Thomas Radley, who arrived in Virginia in 1686 [6]
Radley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Radley, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1727
  • Thomas Radley, who settled in New England in 1765
Radley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Radley, who landed in New York in 1834 [6]
  • M Radley, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [6]
  • Charles E Radley, aged 35, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
  • Auguste Radley, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1896
Radley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ernest Radley, aged 5, who landed in America from Sheffield, in 1906
  • Hilda Radley, aged 2, who landed in America from Sheffield, in 1906
  • Henry Rowland Radley, aged 21, who settled in America from Leeds, England, in 1909
  • E S Radley, aged 46, who settled in America, in 1912
  • Eleanor Mary Radley, aged 34, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1918
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Canada Radley migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Radley Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Elisabeth Radley, aged 35, who immigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1913
  • Elizabeth Radley, aged 51, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1921
  • Grace Radley, aged 28, who immigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1923

Australia Radley migration to Australia +

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

Radley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Radley, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Fanny" on 25th August 1815, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • Anthony Radley, English convict from Lincoln, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Radley (post 1700) +

  • James Radley (1884-1959), was one of the first English aviators who held Royal Aero Club Aviators Certificate Number 12
  • Clive Thornton Radley MBE (b. 1944), English former cricketer who played eight Tests and four One Day Internationals for England, Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1979
  • Kate Radley (b. 1967), English keyboard player for the British rock band Spiritualized
  • Alfred Radley (b. 1924), British clothing manufacturer, best known for his association with the Quorum Boutique
  • Paul Radley, Australian writer, recipient of the 1981 Australian/Vogel Literary Award
  • Simon Radley (b. 1965), British executive chef of Simon Radley at the Chester Grosvenor, a Michelin four star restaurant for over 23 consecutive years
  • Adrian Radley (b. 1976), Australian gold, two-times silver and bronze medalist swimmer in 1997
  • John Henry "Yip" Radley (1908-1963), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League from 1930 to 1940

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Alexander Christie Radley, British Boatswain’s Mate from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland (1914) and survived the sinking [9]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Kenneth Radley (b. 1919), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking [10]

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  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  5. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  6. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  7. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th September 2022).
  8. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from
  9. Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from
  10. H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook