Rodly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancestry of the name Rodly dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the parish of Radley in the county of Berkshire. The surname Rodly 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.  Today Radley is a village and civil parish northwest of the centre of Abingdon, Oxfordshire. Originally in Berkshire, it was transferred in 1974. 
Early Origins of the Rodly family
The surname Rodly 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.  But the name likely went back further as Radeleáh was the form found in a 10th century charter in Wiltshire. 
Early History of the Rodly family
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Rodly 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 Rodly have been found, including Radley, Radleigh, Radlee, Radlie, Radle and others.
Early Notables of the Rodly family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rodly family
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 Rodly, or a variant listed above: 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.
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- ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print