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Early Origins of the Routley family

The surname Routley was first found in Cumberland, at Routledge where three eminent historians claimed the place at one time existed. 1 2 3

"Lower, Bardsley, and Harrison say this name is from Routledge in Cumberland, but I cannot find the place. It is not in Sedgefield's Place-names of Cumberland and Westmorland. The surname is more English than Scottish, though several of the name are early found north of the Border. " 4

Early History of the Routley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Routley research. Another 220 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1483, 1494, 1528, 1537, 1628, 1643, 1713, 1715, 1739, 1743, 1750, 1762, 1772, 1779, 1782, 1794, 1795, 1800, 1812, 1827, 1833, 1836, 1837, 1841, 1843, 1888 and 1890 are included under the topic Early Routley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Routley Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Rutledge, Routlege, Routlidge, Routledge, Rutlidge and many more.

Early Notables of the Routley family

Notable amongst the family at this time was John Rutledge (1739- 1800), an American Founding Father, politician, and jurist, 2nd Chief Justice of the United States (1795), 31st Governor of South Carolina (1779-1782), son of Irish immigrant John Rutledge Sr. (1713-1750), a physician.James or John James Rutledge (1743-1794), Scottish publicist, was the grandson of an Irish Jacobite who settled in France, and was son of Walter Rutledge (d. 1779), a banker and shipowner at Dunkirk, who assisted the Pretender in his expedition of 1715, and was consequently created a Baronet by him. James accordingly styled himself 'chevalier' or 'baronet.' Born, probably...
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Ireland Migration of the Routley family to Ireland

Some of the Routley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Routley migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Routley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Routley, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872 5

Australia Routley migration to Australia +

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

Routley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Routley, (b. 1814), aged 31, English farm labourer who was convicted in Somerset, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Equestrian" on 30th June 1845, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Island), he died in 1897 6

Contemporary Notables of the name Routley (post 1700) +

  • Hugh Routley (1940-2020), Australian rules footballer who played with Geelong in the VFL
  • Jane Routley (b. 1962), Australian writer of fantasy fiction
  • Erik Routley (1917-1982), English Congregational minister, composer and musicologist
  • Doug Routley (b. 1961), Canadian politician, MLA for Cowichan-Ladysmith, British Columbia (2005-2009)
  • Bill Routley (b. 1949), Canadian politician, MLA for Cowichan Valley, British Columbia (2009-)

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  4. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  5. 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)
  6. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 9th May 2022). on Facebook