The roots of the Anglo-Saxon
name Resley come from when the family resided in the region of Risley
. Resley is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. In this case, these place names are all derived from the Old English words hri-s,
meaning "brush wood," and leah,
which meant "a clearing."
Early Origins of the Resley family
The surname Resley was first found in Bedfordshire
, at Riseley, a village and civil parish that dates back to at least the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Riselai. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
and mentioned at least 6 times, all in the same shire. At that time it was part of the Stodden hundred
, land held by the Bishop of Coutances and 2 Frenchmen and 6 Englishmen held 6 hides for the bishop. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Risley Hall at Risley, Derbyshire
dates back to the 11th century and is now a hotel and spa set in 17 acres. One of the first listings of the name was Sir Raulfe Risley of Chetwood ( fl.
Early History of the Resley family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Resley research.Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1952, 1630 and 1716 are included under the topic Early Resley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Resley Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Resley has been recorded under many different variations, including Riseley, Risley, Reasley, Reeasly and others.
Early Notables of the Resley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Resley family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Resley or a variant listed above: C. Risley who settled in Barbados with his servants in 1680; William Risley landed in America in 1760; Tim Risley settled in San Francisco Cal. in 1852.
The Resley 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: Fato prudentia major
Motto Translation: Prudence is greater than fate.