Radlie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Radlie date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the parish of Radley in the county of Berkshire. The surname Radlie 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 Radlie family

The surname Radlie 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 Radlie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Radlie research. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 167 and 1671 are included under the topic Early Radlie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Radlie Spelling Variations

Radlie has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Radlie have been found, including Radley, Radleigh, Radlee, Radlie, Radle and others.

Early Notables of the Radlie family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Radlie family

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Radlies to arrive on North American shores: Richard Radley, who came to Virginia in 1649; John Radley, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1727; and Thomas Radley, who came to New England in 1765.



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lowe, 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


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