Solley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought much change to the island nation, including many immigrants with new names. Among these immigrants were the ancestors of the Solley family, who lived in Derbyshire. Their name, however, is a reference to Subligny, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Early Origins of the Solley family

The surname Solley was first found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. They were descended from a noble who accompanied King William whose home in Normandy was at Subligny near Avranche. Richard Subligny was Bishop of Avranches. They acquired considerable estates in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset by marriage with the Painells, but their main estates were at Newton Solney which later became Soley, and Sola.

Early History of the Solley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Solley research. Another 72 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1595 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Solley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Solley Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Sola, Soul, Soule, Sole, Sooley, Soole, Solley, Sollee, Soully, Sully, Soley, Solney and many more.

Early Notables of the Solley family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Solley family to Ireland

Some of the Solley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Solley migration to the United States +

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Solley or a variant listed above:

Solley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Gilbert Solley, who arrived in Maryland in 1668 [1]
  • Benjamin Solley, who arrived in Maryland in 1670 [1]
  • Edward Solley, who landed in Maryland in 1670 [1]
  • Lydia Solley, who landed in Maryland in 1670 [1]
  • John Solley, aged 21, who landed in Jamaica in 1684 [1]

Australia Solley migration to Australia +

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

Solley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Solley, British convict who was convicted in Chatham, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Henry Tanner" on 27th June 1834, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Solley (post 1700) +

  • Peter "Pete" Solley (b. 1948), English Hammond organ player, pianist and a Grammy-nominated record producer, son of Leslie Solley
  • Leslie Judah Solley (1905-1968), British politician and barrister, Member of Parliament for Thurrock (1945-1950)


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/henry-tanner


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